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Man Shot in the Back by Police had Extensive Record

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37-year-old Bernard Pate 37-year-old Bernard Pate

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police have released the mugshot and criminal history of a man shot and killed by officers on Monday night.

Police say 37-year-old Bernard Pate was shot and killed by Gang Crime detectives on Monday evening near Karen Avenue and Lamb Boulevard. Police say they tried to talk to Pate and he took off on foot. Shots were fired and Pate struck in the upper-left back area of his body. He died at the scene. Police say they found a gun laying near his body.

"If officers go out and talk to someone who they believe to be conducting criminal activity, if person runs, of course they are going to pursue and investigate this crime to the fullest," said Metro Gang Crimes Lt. Chris Pecko.

Pate has an extensive police record, including arrests for attempted lewdness with a minor, attempted robbery, attempted burglary, open and gross lewdness, annoyance of a mentally challenged minor, lewdness with a minor under the age of 14 years, unlawful contact with the mentally ill, and battery, domestic violence. He is also a registered sex offender.

Police have been sending officers into the apartment complex where the shooting happened to suppress drug crimes that had been happening in the area.

"That particular complex had come up on our radar, not only due to our own encounters with other gang members but with other service complaints and so forth," said Lt. Pecko.

But there are still many questions on what exactly happened on Monday night. Police said a gun was found next to the suspect, but was it his? The suspect was also shot in the back, so was he running away and not posing a threat?

Metro says someone could still be a threat with their back to police and authorities have to use their best judgement.

This is the 17th officer-involved shooting of the year for Metro and the 11th fatal shooting.  The officer involved in the shooting is on paid administration leave.

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