Metro Police held a news conference Monday to discuss the first two officer-involved shootings of the new year.
In the first officer-involved shooting of 2018, Metro Police say one of their own was forced to shoot and kill a man after he allegedly killed his wife around 12 a.m. Friday, Jan. 26.
It happened at 11636 Elcadore Street after the suspect, 42-year-old Axell Vivas, was located in his car. Police say he fled the home after a domestic situation in which he killed his wife.
That home is located in the 11000 block of Giles Street.
Officers made contact with Vivas who exited his vehicle armed with a firearm. Metro Police said officers made several attempts to de-escalate the situation by commanding Vivas numerous times to drop his weapon, but he refused to comply with their command.
Metro Police said Vivas pointed his firearm at officers, so two officers fired multiple rounds and Vivas was struck by the officer’s gunfire.
Medical personnel were immediately called. They declared him dead at the scene.
The second officer-involved shooting of the year also occurred on Jan. 26, but this time it happened around 11:27 p.m. near the Strip. According to Metro Police, officers were dispatched to the
1800 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard to investigate reports of an apparent drunk man yelling and waving a gun.
Patrol officers quickly arrived and encountered the man, later identified as 34-year-old Justin Blake. Officers issued verbal commands to stop, but Blake refused to comply and
began to run away.
As officer ran after the man, they observed him pulling a handgun from his waistband before pointing it at Officer
Bryan Davila who fired four rounds striking him. Blake fell to the ground and was combative as officers took him into custody.
Blake was given immediate medical assistance by officers who placed a tourniquet on his leg. An ambulance unit was called, and Blake was transported to UMC Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the weapon Blake had was a Berretta replica BB gun.
A video of today’s press conference can be viewed below.