Separate shootings during protest leave Metro officer on life support, suspect dead

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(Initially, 8 News Now Metro sources relayed that a US Marshal had died after being shot in the head in front of the Federal Courthouse which 8 News Now reported.  That information was quickly updated by Metro who then confirmed that it was actually a Metro officer who had been shot.)

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Protests Monday night turned violent leaving a Las Vegas police officer fighting for his life and a suspect in a second shooting dead.

Metro police sources confirm to 8 News Now that a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer who was shot in the head near Circus Circus late Monday night is on life support at UMC.

According to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo who held a news conference at 3 a.m., police were attempting to disperse protesters in front of Circus Circus Hotel & Casino when people in the crowd began throwing bottles and rocks at the officers and the officers began to take some people into custody.

WATCH: Sheriff Lombardo’s news conference

A source told 8 News Now, as one officer was in a struggle with a protester, another person walked up and shot the officer in the back of the head. The shooting suspect was taken into custody around 2 a.m.

“This is a sad night for our LVMPD family and a tragic night for our community,” Lombardo said.

A separate shooting involving police left a man dead near the Lloyd George Federal Building on Las Vegas Boulevard.

According to Sheriff Lombardo, “At approximately 11:22 p.m., officers encountered a subject who was armed with multiple firearms and appeared to be wearing body armor,” Lombardo said. “During the interaction the subject reached for a firearm and the officers engaged him The suspect was struck by gunfire and transported to the hospital where he was pronounced deceased.”

Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted out that his office is monitoring the situation, writing, “My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation.”

Attorney General Aaron Ford released a statement Tuesday morning about the officer-involved shootings that occurred during Monday night’s protests.

“Today I was heartbroken to hear of two officer involved shootings that took place last night in the Las Vegas valley. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, one officer is in critical condition and the investigation remains ongoing. My family is praying for the families of those who were killed and for the recovery of those injured.

Across Nevada and this nation, people are scared, angry and in pain. Racial injustice has been part of this country’s history since before America was founded continues to this present day. But this country will not absolve its violent history with a violent future. Americans have made great strides towards equality because passionate people took the heat of their anger and used it to forge real change. Thousands of Nevadans have peacefully protested against racial injustice and I encourage those peaceful demonstrations and taking constructive action. Donate to a cause, volunteer with an organization you believe in, and participate in our elections. You may feel helpless right now, but in reality, you have the power here to drive the change we are all seeking for a more equal and just country. “

A.G. Aaron Ford

Representative Susie Lee also released the following statement in response to the two separate incidents that happened overnight:

“I am praying for a speedy recovery for the LVMPD officer shot and critically injured during last night’s protests. My heart is with their family, friends, and the LVMPD community. This deadly targeting of a police officer is despicable, and the assailant must be brought to justice. In a separate incident, a heavily armed assailant wearing body armor was killed by law enforcement. Let’s be clear: this was not a protester, but a violent criminal, and law enforcement was able to act quickly to prevent any escalation in violence from this individual.  

“Our immediate goal as a country, a state, and a city in Las Vegas must be to safely prevent violence, while still respecting our constitutional right to peacefully protest. We must remember that a peaceful society requires law enforcement to respect the Americans they are sworn to protect, and vice versa. We must also remember the true purpose of these nation-wide protests, and that is shedding light on the disproportionate treatment of Black Americans within the criminal justice system and the systemic racism that has existed in our country for centuries.  Addressing systemic inequality will require a systemic response.  That will require each of us to work together in good faith and with compassion and cooperation.  I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress and local and state leaders to begin the process of healing that we desperately need.” 

Rep. Susie Lee

U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford released this statement following Monday night’s events:

“Last night, as peaceful protests were coming to a close, two people were shot in separate events, including an officer, Shay Mikalonis, of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. I met with Metro regarding the officer’s health as he fights to stay alive. My prayers are with him, his family and his colleagues. No one should be in fear of their life, whether expressing their constitutional rights to free speech and peaceful protest or working to protect and serve our community.
I’m also meeting with and listening to those who continue to feel anger and frustration because of the killing of black men, women and children like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arber, Breonna Taylor and so many like them — who should still be alive today. I understand that they want change now and I agree. We need to address the root causes of these injustices that have been a stain on our nation since her founding.
Our community, and our nation as a whole, is hurting. We need to continue to have honest dialogue about race and other injustices and more importantly, act boldly for the change we need throughout our society.”

Rep. Steven Horsford

Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman’s comments:

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