LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas police officer was injured Sunday when a male suspect opened fire on a patrol vehicle while it was stopped at a traffic light. Officers chased the suspect a short distance before taking him into custody without firing a single shot.
At approximately 12:12 p.m., two uniformed Las Vegas Metro Police patrol officers in a marked patrol vehicle were en route to a disturbance call at a business located on the 4900 block of Tropicana Boulevard, and were ambushed on the way to the call, Las Vegas Metro Police Sgt. Sheahan said in a media statement.
While stopped at the traffic light at the intersection of Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Boulevard, a man on foot opened fire on the officers and patrol vehicle, according to a press statement issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
“This assailant was carrying a semi-automatic handgun and fired multiple rounds at our officers as they were sitting in their vehicle,” Sheahan said. “One of our officers was struck in the hand at that time.”
Both officers immediately exited the vehicle while the uninjured officer chased the suspect on foot.
The suspect was captured a short distance later and was taken into custody without further incident. The firearm used by the suspect was also recovered by officers.
“Our officers did all this without firing a shot,” Sheahan said.
The suspect was transported to Clark County Detention Center, while the injured officer was transported to University Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, Sheahan said.
Police said the incident remains under investigation. Anyone with any information is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Section at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or online.
This report is based on preliminary information provided by the authorities and may not contain the full scope of findings.
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