LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The family of Metro Officer Shay Mikalonis, who was shot in the head more than a week ago at a protest, says he remains in “very critical” condition but is awake and appears to recognize family.
The update was posted in a message on the Police Unity Tour “Team Vegas” Facebook page Tuesday morning. The family says Shay is a fighter. They sent their gratitude to the community and police who are supporting him as he fights to recover. They said he has a long road ahead of him.
“He is still very critical and therefore still at UMC Trauma. He is awake and appears to recognize his family. He had a set back today, but the outstanding staff at UMC is working hard to get his vitals back under control.”
Officer Mikalonis is currently on a ventilator.
Mikalonis’ family hopes he will be able to leave UMC Trauma and go to a rehabilitation facility. There, medical staff will be able to work on his quality of life.
Mikalonis, 29, a four year veteran with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, was shot on the evening of June 1 while he was working at the scene of a protest on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.
The man accused of shooting him, 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego, was arrested an is facing charges including attempted murder. Samaniego was not a protester. He was staying at the nearby Travelodge and told police the protesters were causing problems. He is being held on a $1 million bail.
Police said surveillance video showed him fire into the crowd where Mikalonis was taking someone into custody.
There has been an outpouring of support for Office Shay from the Las Vegas community.
Outside UMC Trauma, there is a “Pray for Shay” sign with a growing number of flowers.
Currently, the Injured Police Officers Fund (IPOF) is collecting donations for Shay. Coming up on Thursday, June 11, there will be a donation drive for Shay. The IPOF is calling it “Shay Day.”
The drive will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Sahara West Urgent Care located at 6125 West Sahara Avenue, near Sahara and Jones.
Community members can donate money and sign a large banner. They will also be selling t-shirts. The IPOF says donations can be made directly from your car, while safely socially distancing.
All proceeds will go to Shay and his family and help with additional expenses.