LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A tense seven-hour standoff in Laughlin between police and an armed casino robbery suspect ended with the suspect being killed by police.
Police said the suspect entered the Golden Nugget casino around 1 a.m. and placed a gun on counter and demanded money at cashier’s case. The cashier refused and the suspect left.
About 30 minutes later, he entered the Aquarius hotel and casino on S. Casino Drive and did the same thing. Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Captain Nichole Splinter said he walked away when he saw a security officer was near the cage. He left the casino.
“The suspect noticed a security guard following him and he turned towards the security guard and fired one round,” police said.
“The security officer was not harmed,” Splinter said.
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As Metro police arrived they saw the suspect get into car and contained that car in the parking lot.
Officers ordered the suspect to get out of the car “multiple times” and he refused. Special tactic units were called in, and negotiations with the suspect went on for several hours.
At about 7:39 a.m., the suspect, who was standing outside his vehicle, reached inside the vehicle to retrieve his gun, then ran toward officers as he pointed the gun toward them, police said.
Officers fired multiple rounds, striking the suspect.
The suspect died at the scene, police said.
“Just after 7 this morning the suspect came out of the vehicle with the firearm in his hand and pointed it at our officers,” Splinter said. “Officers fired on the suspect who was struck and pronounced deceased at the scene.”
This is the 13th officer-involved shooting for Metro police this year. Metro will hold a news conference in the next 72 hours to release more details of the shooting.