LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has identified the suspect and officer involved in the Jan. 15 shooting at the Credit Union on Spring Mountain Road and Rainbow Boulevard as Officer Michale Simmons.
According to police, Officer Simmons, 51 has been employed with LVMPD since July 2000 and is assigned to the Spring Valley Area Command, Community Policing Division.
He has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.
Friday morning at the police news briefing, the suspect was identified as William Cass Jackson, 32. A list of his charges are as follows:
- Attempted murder with deadly weapon, 5 counts
- Kidnap with a deadly weapon, elderly person
- Battery with a deadly weapon, 3 counts, elderly person
- Robbery with a deadly weapon, elderly person
- Assault with a deadly weapon, elderly person
- Assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer
- Discharge of a firearm in an occupied structure, 3 counts
- Burglary with a firearm, 2 counts
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Battery domestic violence, second office, elderly person
This incident happened at the Navy Federal Credit Union on Spring Mountain Road and Rainbow Boulevard. The shooting led to an officer-involved shooting, barricade and road closures.
According to police, Jackson kidnapped the victim, later identified as his mother, around 6 a.m. at her residence. They arrived at the credit union when it opened.
Jackson forced his mother to go to the credit union with a gun to withdraw money.
After the withdrawal was made the victim, his mother, attempted to escape and go inside a glass-enclosed office in the bank. She successfully did this and locked the door. Jackson then fired a round through the glass and struck her.
At that time, police say employees and patrons exited the bank. Jackson then returned and shot his mother two more times and removed the money she withdrew from the account and left the bank.
Two witnesses of the incident were able to follow Jackson from a distance and provide police with a description and location of the suspect.
The suspect’s mother is expected to recover.
8 News NOW Reporter Joe Moeller spoke to customers who saw what happened.
“I was coming here to just go to the bank,” said Steven Wilt, bank customer.
Wednesday morning, this Navy Federal Credit Union turned into a crime scene.
“I got up on the cement and then the guy yelled, real loud, don’t go in the bank,” added Wilt.
Just after 9 a.m. police responded to reports of a shooting near Spring Mountain Road and Rainbow Boulevard. A woman, shot several times and customers were running out.
“We saw her get wheeled out and it didn’t look good,” added Wilt.
When Police arrived at the credit union, a man ran from the area and police chased him. One of the officers fired several rounds.
The crime scene grew, prompting the closure of Rainbow Boulevard between Desert Inn Road and Spring Mountain Road.
“All we really heard was that there was somebody in the building with a gun,” said Paige Ingersoll, evacuated from work.
Employees from businesses nearby were told to leave as police searched for the suspect.
“The SWAT team pulled up at one point and that was when we were evacuated, added Ingersoll.
SWAT located the man and after 90 minutes of negotiations, he surrendered right before noon.
Rainbow Boulevard re-opened at about 3 p.m. in the afternoon after being closed for over 5 hours between Desert Inn and Spring Mountain Roads.
Captain Nichole Splinter of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department provided preliminary details on the second officer-involved shooting of the year.