Las Vegas police vehicle gets ambushed by shooter at stop light

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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  • Bodacious Bob September 8, 2015 at 11:41 am

    Way to take credit for the story. PLAGIARISM????? word for word……. nowhere in your post did you even cite where you had obtained the video from. dont worry I’ll do it for you.

    • Avatar photo Joyce Kuzmanic September 8, 2015 at 2:30 pm

      We appreciate your concern, BB, as we too value sourcing and credit. Perhaps you just missed it? This report derives from statements issued by Sgt. Sheahan and from a press release issued by Las Vegas Metro Police Department; attribution is given to both. The video footage is provided by the Associated Press via KTNV, and both are credited on the video.
      Again, thank you for your concern.
      Joyce Kuzmanic
      Editor in Chief

      • Bodacious Bob September 8, 2015 at 3:41 pm

        I realize that there is mention of where the Press Release was obtained from. ( press statement issued by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.) This in no way gives the author the ability to copy and paste word for word the PR and the Video and pass it off as her own work. I only called this one out because it is becoming a habit for this reporter.

    • Much Ado September 8, 2015 at 6:46 pm

      Bob, you’re probably just some jealous female. Would you prefer she made the story up herself. Press releases are used and quoted by reporters in major news outlets every single day.
      Miss Scott, I made a career out of writing and, locally, your articles are my favorite to read. Keep it up, my dear.

  • fun bag September 8, 2015 at 3:51 pm


  • Dexter September 8, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    BB yeah its just as Joyce said it is. there is no plagiarism here. all there proper credits are listed. you must of over looked them.

  • Bodacious Bob September 8, 2015 at 4:56 pm

    Incorrect. A Press Release can be copied with no problem, But a reporter can not credit themselves as the author. It needs to be attributed as these stories are, not crediting a reporter. You can not just rearrange a story and call it your own.

    • Avatar photo Joyce Kuzmanic September 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm

      The two links you provide are as follows: UHPP – direct press release without additional content or original writing is written by or for St. George News; the second, on diabetes, is by the Associated Press; both as the bylines indicate.
      I hope that helps.

      • Bodacious Bob September 8, 2015 at 10:56 pm

        EXACTLY. The only information given is taken directly from the press release and the accompanied video. WORD FOR WORD (even the exact quotes from the video are not in quotation or give credit to the source) There for your author is claiming it as her own words. NO ADDITIONAL CONTENT WAS GATHERED. Therefore, the bylines should not credit an author, it should be. Written by or for St. George news.

  • 42214 September 8, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Cops getting ambushed and shot as hate crimes and all you want to do is b….* about how an article was written. I’m glad you had something substantitive to say about the issue
    *Ed. ellipses

  • Dexter September 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Ed Ellipsis for president. 2016.!

  • Dexter September 9, 2015 at 5:22 am

    Hey 422. Next time use the word ‘whine ‘ instead of the b word. and you won’t get a visit from Ed.! LOL.!

    • 42214 September 9, 2015 at 10:15 am

      Thanks for the tip Dexter, ed has been busy lately, even removing posted comments.

      • Dexter September 9, 2015 at 8:25 pm

        422 well Ed did the right thing it started to get a little to personal in here so Ed has my support in this matter. you got to admit it was getting very hostile in here. and we were going over the line. and I was one of them

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