The man shot by Metro Police last week is a possible suspect in two murders, according to Metro Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a news conference Monday to release information on the officer-involved shooting that occurred on the morning of Thursday, Jan. 31 near Alta and Pavillion Center drives.
According to police, they were attempting to take a 39-year-old Christopher Ashoff, who was wanted for some violent felony crimes, into custody when Ashoff got into a car attempting to escape and began ramming his vehicle into undercover police vehicles.
An officer fired at Ashoff and Ashoff grabbed a pellet rifle causing all three officers to fire at Ashoff, Assit. Sheriff Zimmerman said. He was struck twice, once in the face and once in the leg. He was taken to a hospital where his is recovering.
According to police, Ashoff had crimes going back to 2000 including robbery, burglary and drug sales. He is now facing charges of a prisoner who escapes.
Plainclothes officers are not required to wear body-worn cameras. None were wearing cameras.
(This was the news conference. There were some video issues for the first 7 minutes but it is fine after that)