UPDATE OCT. 12: The officers involved in the Oct. 10 shooting that occurred near the area of South Rainbow Boulevard and Gary Avenue have been identified as Officer Kenneth Pilette and Officer Chad Betts.
Officer Pilette is 52 years old and has been employed with the LVMPD since July 1998. Officer Betts is 43 years old and has been employed with the LMVPD since Oct 1999.
All officers are assigned to the Tourist Safety Division, Traffic Bureau. They have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.
ORIGINAL STORY: A man was killed Wednesday in an officer-involved shooting in the southwest valley. It all started as a three-car crash that occurred near the intersection of S. Rainbow Boulevard and Blue Diamond Road.
Metro Police said after the crash, when officers arrived at the scene, one of the men involved in the wreck opened fire after grabbing a gun that was stashed in a bush.
Police said he went for the gun after the man who appeared to be under the influence, refused a sobriety test.
Two officers shot back at the man hitting and killing him. A few witnesses say they saw him hide the gun here in the desert before officers arrived at the scene.
“Our witnesses on scene advised that prior to our officers arriving, the subject had placed an unknown object in a bush,” said Captain Jamie Prosser, LVMPD. “When officers tried to take him into custody, he ran into that bush, got the firearm, pointed it at our officers and they returned fire.
No officers were hurt.
One resident in the area said it was unusual for something like that to happen in that area.
“It’s pretty odd,” said Paul Leuke. “It’s generally a quiet neighborhood.”
In the whole city of Las Vegas, how often do you hear about a shooting? It doesn’t happen here that often.”
More information about the officer-involved shooting will be released within a few days.