Man identified in police shooting that left officer ‘critically injured, on life support’

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LAS VEGAS(KLAS) — Las Vegas Metro Police have identified the officer critically injured during Monday night’s protest as 29-year-old Officer Shay K. Mikalonis.

WATCH METRO’S BRIEFING:

During a briefing held to address the two ‘critical incidents’ that involved police officers patrolling the George Floyd protests Monday, Metro restated that Officer Mikalonis remains on life support at UMC as of 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Metro says he has worked with the department for four years. This shooting, involving Officer Mikalonis, happened on Las Vegas Boulevard and the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino.

Officer Mikalonis was a part of a group of additional officers who were called to the 2800 block of
South Las Vegas Boulevard to assist with a group of rioters who were throwing rocks and
bottles at officers. As officers were taking a person into custody, a gunshot was fired from
across the street striking Officer Mikalonis in the head.

He was transported to UMC Trauma where he is on life support.

After the shooting, LVMPD Homicide Detectives responded to the scene and located video surveillance of the suspect who was later identified as 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego.

According to Metro Police, surveillance video shows firing a handgun at the officers as he
walked down the street. Detectives tracked Samaniego to a motel located across the street
from the shooting.

SWAT Officers responded and took Samaniego into custody. Samaniego was transported to the Clark County Detention Center and booked on one count of Attempt Murder on a Police Officer and two counts of Unlawful Discharging of a Firearm.

The other officer-involved shooting, which happened at the Federal Foley Building in downtown Las Vegas, resulted in the death of an armored man, now identified as 25-year-old Jorge Gomez.

Gomez is a Las Vegas resident, Metro Police say.

Police say Gomez was armed with three glock pistols. Gomez began walking towards officers when they were asking the crowd to disperse.

One officer fired several rounds “from a low lethal shot gun.”Gomez then turned north, toward other officers, and raised his firearm toward them. The officers then fired several rounds at Gomez.

Gomez transported to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Police say they will have National Guardsmen patrolling with them Tuesday night.

“We are here to support you and keep you safe, as long as it’s done lawfully. Unfortunately, that isn’t what we’ve been seeing,” LVMPD’s Deputy Chief said during the briefing.

This is a developing story, please check back for updates.

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