Man accused of shooting, paralyzing Metro police officer faces additional charges

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Four more felony charges were filed against the man accused of shooting and critically injuring a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer last month. The state filed an amended criminal complaint adding the additional charges.

Samaniego also now has a new defense attorney, John Turco.

It has been 58 days since Officer Shay Mikalonis was shot on the Las Vegas Strip following a Black Lives Matter protest.

Edgar Samaniego, 20, who was not part of the protest, is accused of pulling the trigger. According to his arrest report, he told police he was staying at a nearby hotel and the protesters were annoying him.

Samaniego now faces a total of eight charges:

  • Attempted murder with the use of a deadly weapon
  • Battery with the use of a deadly weapon, resulting in substantial bodily harm
  • Assault with the use of a deadly weapon (new charge)
  • Assault with the use of a deadly weapon (new charge)
  • Assault with the use of a deadly weapon (new charge)
  • Discharging gun within a structure/vehicle within a prohibited area (new charge)
  • Discharging gun within a structure/vehicle within a prohibited area
  • Discharging gun within a structure/vehicle within a prohibited area

The district attorney said Samaniego fired three shots at officers as they were controlling crowds near Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.

Samaniego is being held on $1 million bail. He was due to have a preliminary hearing Thursday but it was rescheduled for Aug. 27 at 9:30 am.

Surveillance video that allegedly shows the shooting was released to the public about a week after the shooting.

Officer Mikalonis, who is paralyzed, has been moved to an out-of-state facility for long-term treatment. He faces a lifetime of recovery.

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