LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Bail was set at $1 million Friday for Edgar Samaniego who is facing charges, including attempted murder, in the shooting of a Metro police officer.
Samaniego, 20, is accused of shooting 29-year-old Metro Officer Shay Mikalonis on Monday night during a protest on Las Vegas Boulevard. Gomez is facing charges including attempted murder. Clark County Public Defender Scott Coffee asked that the bail for Gomez be set at $100,000 because he has family support and no prior felonies.
According to the state prosecutor, Gomez fired three shots. One expended cartridge was found near Gomez and two others were found on the landing in front of his room at the Travelodge motel. The gun was found under the mattress in the Gomez’s room.
“Considering the danger to this community, this is an individual the system cannot take a chance with. We think that a million dollars is appropriate,” said the state prosecutor.
Mickalonis is still hospitalized in critical condition and fighting for his life.
According to information released to the court, the bullet that struck the officer hit his spine and lodged in his face. That bullet was just recently removed.
“It’s extremely troubling that this person goes to work this evening in an attempt to keep the peace and ends up gravely injured by somebody who clearly wasn’t there to protest. There was no peacefulness about his presence there, there was no protesting about his presence there, it appears his presence was merely walking by, taking out a gun, and firing rounds at a group of police officers,” Justice of the Peace Melanie Andress-Tobiasson.
Samaniego was out on bail at the time of shooting because of two pending cases for DUI and possession of a drug without a prescription.
Gomez will be appointed a public defender. A preliminary hearing has been set for July 30.