Arrest made, search ends in Las Vegas police wounding case

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Arrest made, search ends in Las Vegas police wounding case.

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A man suspected of shooting and wounded a police officer during a “chance encounter” Thursday at an apartment complex eluded a cordon of police south of the Las Vegas Strip before being arrested when he arrived in a golf course community miles away, authorities said. It wasn’t immediately clear what words were exchanged before shots were exchanged and a 21-year patrol veteran was left with arm and torso wounds Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said. The sheriff said the officer was able to sit up at the hospital and talk with family members and investigators by the time the suspect was arrested as night fell in Las Vegas. Lombardo tells reporters that police are trying to figure out how the suspect slipped through a police cordon around the scene of the shooting and made it to the Southern Hills residential and golf community, more than three miles away.

Jeff Clark says the description has changed from initial reports, but the man police are seeking is still said to be bald, wearing dark pants and a black hooded sweat shirt over a white shirt. Shortly thereafter … the suspect produced a weapon and fired on the officer.” The gunfight happened a little before noon in an area of high-rise apartment blocks surrounded by desert lots and some abandoned homes a little over three miles south of glittering Strip casinos. One officer was badly wounded in the thigh early Sept. 4 by a shot from an SKS semi-automatic rifle while investigating a prowler call in the backyard of a home several miles west of downtown.

Two North Las Vegas SWAT officers were wounded by shotgun fire and the man who shot them was killed in an exchange of gunfire Sept. 22 outside a home during a domestic argument-turned-hostage situation.

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