LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Bail was set at $100,000 for the San Diego man accused of struggling with a Metro police officer, grabbing the officer’s gun, shooting him, and then injuring another officer in the scuffle.
Both injured officers were treated for non-life-threatening injuries at UMC Trauma and released.
Lyndon Truong, 28, remains hospitalized at UMC and did not appear in Las Vegas Justice Court Tuesday. He was in absentia due to medical reasons.
Aside from the bail, Troung is not allowed to return to the Las Vegas resort corridor.
According to police, at approximately 1:33 a.m., LVMPD special events officers were working a concert when they saw Truong push a security officer and then flee. Police officers chased after and attempted to take him into custody.
Police say Truong was not compliant, and the officers struggled to get handcuffs on his wrists. After being handcuffed, the perpetrator continued to resist officers and became more aggressive toward them as he was escorted to a security holding cell.
Metro Assistant Sheriff Laz Chavez discussed the details of the July 4 incident at Allegiant Stadium during a news conference Tuesday.
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The escorting officers were joined by other officers to assist as they got into an elevator. Police say as Truong was being held against an elevator wall, he reached down with his left hand and grabbed a gun belonging to one of the officers holding him.
According to Chavez, the firearm was secured in a holster that was mounted on the officer’s duty belt. While the firearm was in the holster, Truong was able to insert one of his fingers into the holster and pull the trigger, causing one round to be discharged. The officer was struck in the leg.
A second officer sustained injuries to one of his ankles due to bullet fragments. No other officers fired their weapons or deployed other weapons during this incident.
“It could very well be an equipment issue. I spent this morning looking at a number of different holsters, and I have the same concerns as probably all of you in this room have,” Chavez said during the conference. “We’re going to look at that and determine whether to get rid of certain holsters and look into training.”
Several officers gained control of Truong and held him down without further incident until medical personnel arrived.
Troung currently faces the following charges:
- Battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm
- Battery with a deadly weapon on a first responder
- Resisting a public officer with a firearm
- Discharging a firearm within a structure.
His next court appearance is Thursday, July 8 at 8:30 a.m.