LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Metro officer was wounded and a suspect was killed when the two exchanged gunfire near the UNLV campus early Saturday morning, police said.
On Monday, police identified the female officer as Tierney Tomburo who is 24 years old and has been employed with Metro since 2020.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police stopped an SUV with several occupants at about 1:13 a.m. near East Flamingo Road and University Center Drive, according to a Saturday news release.
A man in the SUV “fled on foot,” police said, and the officer gave chase. In an exchange of gunfire, both were shot.
The man who fled from police, 27-year-old Gabriel Charles, was pronounced dead at Sunrise Hospital. Metro said the officer is in “stable condition” at University Medical Center.
Per department policy, the identities of the officers involved in the shooting will be released after 48 hours, the release said.
Steve Grammas, president of the Las Vegas Police Protective Association, posted on Facebook that the officer is a woman. His post said the shooting is a reminder of what officers can encounter during a “routine traffic stop.”
It is the eighth officer-involved shooting for Metro this year, police said.
Officer Tomburo was placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.
Anyone with any information can contact the department’s force investigation team, 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers, 702-385-5555, or at crimestoppersofnv.com