LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas Metropolitan Police held a news conference Tuesday afternoon regarding a police shooting near the south end of the Las Vegas Strip last Wednesday night. One suspect was hospitalized after being shot by Metro police late on Jan. 12 around 10:42 p.m.

According to Metro, officers were filling their cruiser’s gas tank at a service station when an SUV pulled in next to them. A woman got out of the driver’s side, walked around the vehicle, and whispered to one of the officers, “help me.”

At this time police say the man, Manuel Edwin Martinez, got out of the passenger side of the vehicle with a gun pointed at them. Officers quickly took defensive positions and shot Martinez, injuring him. In all, police shot at Martinez nine times.

Edwin Martinez booking photograph. (Image: LVMPD)

A combination of police body camera video and surveillance video was shown at the news briefing.

At one point, the video shows a short verbal exchange where Martinez can be seen trying to get into the police cruiser, he then runs toward the train tracks behind the gas station. Police chased him for about a minute before he gave up and fell to the ground. Police found him holding a phone with a knife nearby.

Police officers shoot and injure Edwin Martinez at a gas station in the 9100 block of Las Vegas Blvd. on Wednesday, Jan. 12. (Credit: LVMPD Body Camera image)

Police say the investigation revealed Martinez had previously been in a relationship with the woman. He had called her earlier in the day asking her to take him to the hospital. The woman told police he changed his mind and said some things that concerned her. When she saw the officers at the gas station she pulled in, got out, and asked for help.

During the verbal exchange, Martinez can be seen on video halfway into the police cruiser, police say he tried to hide his gun in between the seats.

The officers were able to take Martinez into custody and he was transported to a local hospital and is recovering.

He is facing several charges including the attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

This was Metro’s third officer-involved shooting in 2022.