LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police investigated a deadly officer-involved shooting Tuesday morning. It happened at the Sandhill Apartments off Boulder Highway. LVMPD says the suspect was shot after advancing aggressively towards officers while armed with a sword.
According to Metro, at approximately 10:30 a.m., officers were called to the scene about a man causing a disturbance at the Sandhill Apartment complex on Sandhill Road, near Boulder Highway and Lamb.
Police arrived at the apartment complex and saw a man shouting from the top of an outside staircase while holding a sword.
Metro Police Nichole Splinter said in a news briefing Tuesday that police began talking with the man in an attempt to deescalate the situation.
Officers gave verbal commands to the man to put down the sword, but he did not listen. Police requested additional resources as the man started to come down the apartment complex stairs with the sword.
Willie Harris, neighbor: “He kept going on and on and I looked out the door again and he had his sword.”
Cristen Drummond, Reporter: “What kind of sword?”
Harris: “A samuri sword. Yeah, a real sword.”
According police, when the man reached the bottom of the stairs, he advanced aggressively towards the officers while still armed with the sword. As they retreated, one officer fired striking him.
The man was transported to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
No officers were injured during the incident. Per Metro’s policy, the identity of the officer involved will be released after 48 hours.
According to Capt. Splinter, this is the third fatal officer-involved shooing of the year. There has been a total of seven officer-involved shootings for 2020.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
Capt. Splinter says the department right now is at around the same number of officer-involved fatal shootings as it was last year.