LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — An armed and dangerous man was shot and killed by Metro Police on the Las Vegas Strip.
The shooting happened around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday near Las Vegas Boulevard and Sahara Avenue. It forced part of the Strip to shutdown for hours.
According to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Captain Sasha Larkin, the incident was the aftermath of a dangerous encounter between officers and a man with felony warrants.
It started as a traffic stop. During the stop, officers learned the man had active felony warrants from out of state, and was considered armed and dangerous.
Cell phone video shows Metro Police standing behind a red car near Joe Brown Drive and Karen Avenue. Suddenly, officers appear to notice something and back off.
The video shows the driver having a brief struggle putting the car in drive before taking off.
Metro’s helicopter eventually took over, and a pursuit began.
“At some point, the vehicle detoured down Las Vegas Boulevard. The officers used the pursuit and mobilization technique to disable the vehicle so it would not drive into the densely populated area held on Las Vegas Boulevard with tourists,” Captain Larkin said.
The driver is accused of holding a knife and charging at officers. That’s when police say officers fired gunshots, killing him at the scene.
“At some point when the officers were trying to contain the suspect he turned, squared up on the officers and charged the officers with a knife in his hand causing the officers to fire rounds at the suspect. Immediately medical personnel was summoned and declared the person deceased on scene,” she said.
The north end of the Strip was shutdown for hours, between Sahara Las Vegas and Hilton Grand Vacations.
“It was a pursuit throughout the entire valley, unfortunately, where it ended up was in proximity of the Strip,” Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during an interview on Good Day Las Vegas Wednesday morning.
This is the 15th officer-involved shooting involving Metro police officers in 2020.