Sheriff: Las Vegas officer shot in head by protester

The officer is currently on life support and in critical condition


Reno Gazette Journal

LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas Metro officer is in critical condition after a protester shot him Monday night, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early Tuesday. 

Lombardo said officers were attempting to clear protesters from Las Vegas Boulevard near Circus Circus when the officer was shot sometime before midnight.

The officer is currently on life support at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. 

A suspect in the shooting was arrested about 2:30 a.m.

The second shooting on Monday night involved an armed man wearing body armor.

Lombardo said police and federal agents guarding a federal building in downtown Las Vegas shot the man when he reached for his firearm at 11:22 p.m.

Lombardo said the man was an open-carry individual and was seen walking among protesters as the demonstration was dying down before the shooting. 

“What has occurred is utterly unacceptable," Lombardo said before ending the brief press conference. 

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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