LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — According to North Las Vegas Police, both suspects are in custody following an early morning shooting over the attempted theft of a catalytic converter.

North Las Vegas Police are investigating the shooting that happened on East Azure Avenue off Lamb Boulevard around 7 a.m. Saturday morning in the northeast valley. This is the area just south of Centennial Parkway, near North Las Vegas VA hospital.

According to police, a vehicle owner tried to stop two male suspects from trying to steal a catalytic converter. A catalytic converter is an exhaust emission control device on an automobile.

One suspect, 29-year-old Antonio Alvarez then fired at the victim. The victim then returned fire and struck the other suspect, 38-year-old Armando Ante-Cedeno, according to police. The suspect sustained minor injuries was treated for his injuries at a hospital before being booked into the North Las Vegas Community Correctional Center.

The second suspect was later taken into custody.

Both 29-year-old Antonio Alvarez and 38-year-old Armando Ante-Cedeno are facing multiple charges:

  • Attempted robbery with a deadly weapon
  • Conspiracy robbery
  • Injure/tamper with the vehicle, damage between $250 to $5000
  • Possession of burglary tools

Alvarez is facing additional charges of; possession of a stolen vehicle, and discharging a gun where persons might be endangered.

The NLVPD is reminding the public to take steps to reduce the possibility of becoming a victim of catalytic converter theft by doing the following:

  • Install a protection device
  • Park in a garage or well-lit area
  • Have your catalytic converter welded to your car’s frame
  • Engrave your VIN number onto your catalytic converter
  • Calibrate your car’s alarm to set off when it detects vibration

The NLVPD says there are only a few preventative measures they recommend.