Metro police show bodycam video of downtown shooting involving officer

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Donta Ford (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro police showed bodycam video of the gunfire exchange on Saturday, Dec. 19, between an officer and a man who is charged in the incident. No one was injured.

Metro Assistant Sheriff Christopher Darcy conducted the media briefing on Tuesday afternoon.

A video of the briefing is available on Metro’s YouTube channel. Viewers are advised that some content may be graphic.

The video of the officer-involved shooting near downtown Las Vegas shows Metro officer Daniel Clark returning fire after a suspect shot at him and another officer as they approached an apartment on a call regarding shots fired. The shooting happened near Eastern Avenue and Cedar Avenue.

A still image taken from the video shows a man identified as Donta Ford, 26, extending is arm and pointing a handgun at the officers.

Clark immediately returned fire, and the officers took cover. Another volley of shots fired by the suspect came after that.

Officers called for backup and set up a perimeter after the exchange of shots, and Metro surrounded the apartment, only to determine that Ford had fled. Ford was apprehended less than eight hours later by another officer who recognized him as he walked in the same area.

The shooting marks the 19th officer-involved shooting of 2020. The LVMPD Force Investigation Team is conducting the investigation into the officer’s use of force in this incident. The findings will be forwarded to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Ford is facing the following charges, according to CCDC booking logs:

  • Discharging Gun at/into occupant structure (2x)
  • Own/Possession of gun by prohibited person
  • Attempted Murder

He is being held on a $500,000 bond.

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