LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police held a presser where they provided more details on a police-involved shooting on Tuesday. A metro officer shot & killed a man who police say kidnapped his ex-girlfriend and held her at gunpoint.
Police received a call at approximately 9:33 a.m., for a domestic disturbance inside an apartment building in the 5600 block of East Lake Mead Boulevard.
Arriving officers determined 43-year-old Mario Martinez, broke into his ex-girlfriend’s residence and forcibly removed her while threatening her with a handgun. Martinez attempted to leave in the female victim’s vehicle, however, it had a dead battery. Martinez then forced the victim to walk with him.
Patrol officers located Martinez and the female victim walking in the area of Charleston Boulevard and
Sloan Lane. Officers tried to get Martinez to release the victim, but he refused. He began moving into a busy shopping center while holding the victim. Martinez was still armed with a firearm as he attempted to steal multiple occupied vehicles but was unsuccessful. Martinez held the victim as they made their way through a grocery store and eventually exited the store into the rear alley.
Martinez shot the window out of a box truck that was parked in the alley. He then forced the victim into the vehicle but was unable to get it started. Martinez then forced the victim to walk westbound in the alley towards Sloan. As Martinez reached the sidewalk on the east side of Sloan, he pointed his firearm at officers. The victim took this opportunity to walk away from Martinez.
Officer Ramon Hiestand, 35, who has been with the department since 2014, then fired his rifle at Martinez, striking him. Martinez fell to the ground and began firing shots from his handgun towards officers. Officer Hiestand returned fire. Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene.
“It’s really a nightmare scenario a mobile hostage situation but thankfully the citizen who was kidnapped was not hurt —- loss of life is tragic, but in this situation, the suspect dictated the actions do the officers and there was little left for us to do,” Assistant Sheriff Andrew Walsh said.
Officer Hiestand, who works out of the Southeast Area Command, has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the shooting.
The female victim sustained a minor injury to her back which she says was caused by the suspect and no officers were injured.
This shooting was the 8th shooting involving Metro Police officers in 2021.
An examination of this incident is being conducted by the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team. This review focuses on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to this use of force.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
Assistant Sheriff Andrew Walsh discussed details of the fatal officer-involved shooting in the east valley today at 4 p.m. Watch the full conference below: