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Mark Sayre, I-Team Reporter

Metro Talks About Shooting on Las Vegas Strip

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Police close the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo on the night of July 4th. Police close the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and Flamingo on the night of July 4th.
Metro's Lieutenant Lew Roberts said, "We're going over all the witness statements that we have." Metro's Lieutenant Lew Roberts said, "We're going over all the witness statements that we have."

Metro has released the name of the police officer involved in the fatal shooting on the Las Vegas Strip.  Officer Ryan McBride shot and killed Tarance Hall on Tuesday night.

McBride and another officer had confronted Hall about turning down his car stereo moments before the shooting happened.

Both officers were put on routine paid administrative leave. Thursday, the Metro official investigating that shooting spoke to Eyewitness News for the first time.

Metro will only speak about Tuesday's incident in general terms. At this point, no judgments are being made about whether the officers acted appropriately, or followed department policy.

It is video now seen around the nation, a Metro officer pulling a wounded man out of car and handcuffing him.

Tarance Hall, 31, died shortly after being shot once by a Metro officer.

Police say the shooting occurred after Hall dragged that officer's partner while trying to get away in his car.

Metro's Lieutenant Lew Roberts said, "We're going over all the witness statements that we have."

Lt. Roberts heads Metro's Homicide unit, which investigates all officer-involved shootings.

"Well, you know trigger-happy is probably a really irresponsible term for people to use. The bottom line that people really don't look at -- we can't forecast human behavior," Roberts said. 

Read Metro's Rules on Use of Deadly Force

Las Vegas native Joanna Jones says she's never seen anything like it. "Nineteen (officer involved shootings) one-half a year is ridiculous to me," she stated.

Roberts says the officer involved will face two inquiries. A coroner's jury will decide if the officer's actions were justifiable, excusable, or negligent. The officer will then face what's called the "Use of Force Board."

That's where a decision will be made on whether the officer followed department policy, or whether the policy itself is unclear.

Joanna Jones feels something has to be done. "Although we have what's determined to be a good police force, I think things are out of control. And I don't have an explanation for it but, it's very scary for me," she continued.

Even though only one officer fired his weapon, both officers are on leave.

Metro says anytime additional officers are "intimately involved" in a shooting they are also put on leave. Only the officer that fired, however, will have to face that coroner's jury.

Send feedback to investigative reporter mark Sayre at msayre@klastv.com

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