The Metro Police officer who shot an inmate who escaped from custody is identified as Officer Phong Nguyen.
The shooting happened in the parking lot of a medical center on Maryland Parkway when an inmate, who was scheduled for a medical procedure, escaped from custody and stole a truck leading police on a chase that ended in downtown Las Vegas.
The suspect, 52-year-old Christopher “Gregory” Ganci, is a 19-time convicted felon. He was sentenced to life Thursday for other crimes.
Nguyen is 25-years-old and been with Metro since Oct. 2016.
Police are holding a news conference at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the shooting. It will be live streamed on www.LasVegasNow.com.