LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Body camera footage from an officer-involved shooting over the weekend showed a suspect running away before shooting a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer.
The incident happened when Metro officers, including 24-year-old officer Tierney Tomburo, were patrolling an area near Flamingo Road and University Center Drive.
Assistant Sheriff John McGrath said in a Tuesday media conference that officers were patrolling the area because it is known as a hotspot for violent crime.
According to McGrath, a Buick with three men inside was stopped for a traffic violation at around 1:13 a.m. All three men were instructed to get out of the car and walk toward a Metro patrol vehicle.
All men complied until the suspect, 27-year-old Gabriel Charles, ran away before a pat-down for weapons.
McGrath said that Officer Tomburo briefly chased him through the parking lot of an apartment complex before he turned and fired a round at her. She was hit in the pelvis and collapsed before firing four rounds in his direction, striking him.
Tomburo was taken to University Medical Center and was released on Monday afternoon. Charles was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead there.
Had he lived, McGrath said he would have been charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon on a protected person, battery with a deadly weapon, resisting with a firearm, and possessing a firearm as a prohibited person.
The driver of the Buick was arrested on DUI charges, and the third man was not charged.
This was the eighth officer-involved shooting of 2022, McGrath said. At this time last year, there were five officer-involved shootings.