LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Las Vegas police officer was killed in a shooting near UNLV Thursday morning after responding to a domestic disturbance call.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo announced the death of Officer Truong Thai, 49, who had been with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department since 1999. Lombardo said Thai was shot in the torso and transported to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Clark County Coroner’s office also later confirmed the information.

Metro Officer Truong Thai (Credit: LVMPD)

“I was at the hospital early this morning with his ex-wife and daughter. Our condolences go out to his family. We will be helping them any way we can in the following days,” Lombardo said.

Dozens of officers gathered at Sunrise Hospital while waiting to hear about Thai’s condition. After learning of his death, his body was escorted by police to the coroner’s office.

Metro officers accompany Officer Thai’s body as he is taken from Sunrise Hospital to the coroner’s office. (KLAS)

“The suspect was armed with a firearm and fired at our officers and both our officers discharged their duty weapons. One officer was struck and critically wounded,” he said.

Lombardo said the shooting suspect was identified as 24-year-old Tyson Hampton and was taken into custody after attempting to flee. A civilian was also struck during the exchange of gunfire. That person was transported to the hospital but no information was released on their condition.

Metro police identified the shooting suspect as 24-year-old Tyson Hampton. (Credit: LVMPD)

Police said the shooting involved two crime scenes. One near the 800 block of East Flamingo Road near University Center Drive where Truong was shot. The second scene was at Desert Inn Road and Eastern Avenue where the suspect was arrested.

Lombardo said there was a 911 call about a domestic disturbance around 1 a.m. and the arriving officers located the suspect vehicle on Flamingo near University Center where Truong was shot.

Hampton fled the area and was taken into custody near Desert Inn and Eastern with the help of a K9 unit after he resisted arrest, Lombardo said.

He added police are aware of some previous arrests involving the suspect.

Hampton faces nine charges following the deadly police shooting which are listed as follows:

  • One count of open murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas, a felony
  • Four counts of attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon or tear gas, a felony
  • Discharging a gun at/into an occupied structure/vehicle/craft, a felony
  • Discharging a gun w/i prohibited area, a felony
  • Battery with the use of a deadly weapon, resulting in substantial bodily harm, a felony
  • Domestic battery, first offense, a misdemeanor

He is being held at the Clark County Detention Center and is expected in court Friday morning at 9 a.m., according to online records.

This is the 10th officer-involved shooting of 2022.

Metro police said if anyone would like to donate on behalf of Officer Thai, they can donate to the Injured Police Officer’s Fund by clicking here.