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Robbery suspect dies in police shooting at P.T.’s Pub

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Steve Marcus

Metro Police officers wait outside during an officer-involved shooting investigation at the P.T.’s Pub near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue on Monday, November 15, 2010. Three Metro Police officers shot and killed a man inside the tavern as the man was holding a bartender at knifepoint during a robbery attempt, police said.

Updated Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 | 7:16 p.m.

P.T.'s Pub Officer-Involved Shooting

Metro Police officers wait outside during an officer-involved shooting investigation at the P.T.'s Pub near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue on Monday, November 15, 2010. Three Metro Police officers shot and killed a man inside the tavern as the man was holding a bartender at knifepoint during a robbery attempt, police said. Launch slideshow »

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Three Metro Police officers shot and killed a man Monday morning inside a P.T.'s Pub in the eastern valley as the man was holding a bartender at knifepoint during a robbery attempt, police said.

Officers responded to reports of a robbery in progress about 10:30 a.m. at P.T.'s Pub, 2280 S. Nellis Blvd., near the intersection with Sahara Avenue. Police Capt. Patrick Neville, with Metro's homicide bureau, said officers arrived to find a 23-year-old man holding a female bartender at knifepoint.

The man wasn't complying with officers' demands, police said.

Three officers fired at the man, who was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A male customer at P.T.'s was injured during the robbery attempt, but police didn't know the extent of his injuries or what caused the injury. He also was taken to the hospital.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video. Police also are interviewing at least five patrons who were inside the business at the time of the shooting.

Neville called the shooting an "extremely dynamic situation" in which the officers were forced to make a split-second decision about entering the bar, knowing that someone was being held hostage inside.

David Lewis, 20, said he heard an unusual popping sound as he entered the Super 99¢ Center in the same plaza to pick up a job application.

"I was walking into the store and I heard a 'pop,' and I came out and there were cops everywhere," he said.

Police cordoned off a large section of the Winterwood Pavilion shopping center parking lot, which includes P.T.'s Pub, but nearby streets weren't affected.

The incident was the second fatal shooting involving a Metro Police officer in a span of five hours and marks the department's 25th officer-involved shooting this year. An officer fatally shot a man about 6 a.m. Monday less than four miles away outside a convenience store near Desert Inn Road and Pecos-McLeod Drive.

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  1. Chunky says:

    What a crazy Monday and its not even lunch yet! Busy for the cops and the bad guys!

    Again, Chunky says here come the cop haters, speculators and ambulance chasers!

    That's what Chunky thinks and he'll also reserve the rest of his commentary on this story until more details are released!

    That's what Chunky thinks!

  2. I'll wait till the facts are in. I noticed the taxpayers paid $450,000 for the death of a death row inmate who died because of bad medical care. Like molestation cases in the Catholic Church, these shootings, etc. could bankrupt the State, and are a big burden on the taxpayers.

    However we know that the coroner's jury will always rule "justifiable."

  3. I agree with Chunky. Should start to see the cop haters rolling out soon to object to this "excessive use of force." That is, unless it was your daughter being held at knife point. Then perhaps your story would change. I applaud Metro for the fine job they are doing. you threaten someone's life, prepare to have your own placed in jeopardy. oh and here's a quick tip. If you don't want to find yourself in this kind of situation, DON'T BREAK THE LAW. pretty simple principle.

  4. This one sounds a lot better than the first one today, on the surface. I won't have any problems with this one unless new information should indicate otherwise.

    The followup response by that many units is another matter entirely.

  5. The man, who was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

    Had the officers just cuffed him and carried him to sunrise for scratches the end result would have been the same.

  6. People are not to be shot for "not obeying the law" they are shot for being a threat to other people.

    Remember the OJ Judge: "if the gun went off it might have killed someone or a tourist in the hallway...."

    These shooting could kill or injured innocent people, including children and should be avoided when possible.

  7. Wow, Metro already killed two civilians today....

  8. I beg to differ. I think the female bartender was just trying to serve up some drinks, and she finds herself with a knife to her throat, and he probably smelled. So that gets you shot everytime. I hope she gets a few days off, and can recuperate from this traumatic experience. Bottoms up

  9. now thats a reason to shoot someone....not a a crazy man with a stick