Protester KILLED by cops, officer critically injured in two shootings on Las Vegas Strip
The police officer was shot near Circus Circus hotel-casino, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said. Some local media initially reported that he had received a fatal head injury, but the authorities later announced that he was in a critical condition at University Medical Center.
The shooting happened as the officer “dealt with protesters” outside of the casino, Sheriff Joe Lombardo told journalists. A suspect in the shooting was arrested shortly afterwards.
We’re just getting to the scene of a huge @LVMPD presence outside the ER entrance at UMC tonight.About a half hour ago, we heard gunshots just a block away from us near Bridger & LV Blvd. in downtown @KTNVpic.twitter.com/vJHxUVpN69— Austin Carter (@AustinKTNV) June 2, 2020
The other incident happened outside a federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas, where police and federal agents were deployed to guard the building from protesters. They spotted an armed person who appeared to be wearing body armor and “engaged” him as he reached for a firearm, the sheriff said.
The gunman was pronounced dead in hospital, where he was taken after being hit by multiple gunshots. He was “an open-carry individual” who apparently was part of the protest, Lombardo said.
My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 2, 2020
Like many other cities in the US, Las Vegas witnessed mass demonstrations on Monday over the death of George Floyd in police custody. There were clashes between police and protesters during the night, with law enforcement using tear gas.
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