LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman held a news conference Monday afternoon to discuss the deadly shooting last week that caused an officer to be injured by a person who attacked her with a screwdriver.
The shooting happened on Feb. 3 a little before 12 p.m. on the 5900 block of Dean Martin Drive. Metro Police said were called to The Range 702 to investigate an attempted grand larceny.
They told police that the suspect, 27-year-old Marvon Payton Jr., was at the gun range trying to steal a gun from another person’s bag. The caller told dispatch that the employees would stand outside with Payton and wait for the police.
However, before officers could arrive, emergency dispatched received another call from the employees stating that Payton was becoming aggressive and had threatened the employees.
Officer Andrew Nguyn has been identified as the officer who shot and killed the suspect. He is 34-years-old and has been with the LVMPD since 2016.
Officer Nguyn and his partner arrived at the scene around 12:47 p.m. They instructed Payton to stand in front of their patrol car, but Payton started to walk away. Officers tried to stop him and Payton allegedly pulled a screwdriver out and begin to try to attack the officers.
Metro Police said Payton was trying to stab the officers head and neck area. Officer Nguyn’s partner was stabbed. As she fell to the ground, he and the employees of the business pulled out their gun and shot at Payton. Payton fell to the ground after being struck.
He died from his injuries at the scene.
Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said Payton Jr. Payton has a criminal history of being violent with the police. It consists of the following:
- Attempted Murder (North Las Vegas Police)
- Battery on a Protected Person (North Las Vegas Police)
- Attempted Robbery of a Fire Arm (North Las Vegas Police)
- Assault on a Protected Person (North Las Vegas Police)
The officer who was injured was treated and released from the hospital.
This is the first officer-involved shooting in Metro’s jurisdiction for 2021.