LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Four Metro Police officers fired 13 shots killing an armed man ending a pursuit that had led officers on a chase through the Las Vegas valley an onto the Las Vegas Strip.
According to Assistant Sheriff Chris Jones, the man killed was 37-year-old Matthew Patton out of Utah and he was wanted on a warrant for skipping parole on a burglary charge. He was also listed as a violent sexual offender and armed with two knives.
The incident began Tuesday just before midnight when officers made a traffic stop on Patton and he refused to exit his vehicle and then fled the scene. When he made a turn from Sahara Avenue to southbound Las Vegas Boulevard, police used a PIT maneuver to stop his vehicle.
Video from Metro’s helicopter and police worn body cameras shows Patton getting out of his vehicle and then walking and running south on Las Vegas Boulevard which led to police being concerned about people who could end up in crossfire on the Strip.
An officer can be heard yelling several times at Patton to drop the knife or he will shoot. Patton then headed for the median on Las Vegas Boulevard and an officer fired a taser at him but Patton turned and headed toward officers and was shot.
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Jones said if Patton had survived he would be facing five counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a protected person, felony evading and resisting with a weapon. Patton had been in Las Vegas for about three days.
The four officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation.