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Metro officer fatally shoots man after scuffle with police


Sam Morris

A Metro motorcycle is seen in the 2900 block of Theresa Avenue as officers and detectives investigate the scene of a shooting Friday, May 27, 2011.

Updated Friday, May 27, 2011 | 5:25 p.m.

Shooting - May 27, 2011

Metro officers and detectives investigate an officer-involved shooting in the 2900 block of Theresa Avenue on Friday, May 27, 2011. Launch slideshow »


A Metro Police officer fatally shot a man Friday morning in the northeast valley after responding to a domestic disturbance.

Police responded to reports of the disturbance at 7:33 a.m. in the 2900 block of Theresa Avenue, near Washington Avenue and Mojave Road. Metro spokesman Officer Marcus Martin said officers received reports that a man was trying to stab a woman with a screwdriver.

When officers arrived, police heard an altercation inside the house. After entering, they went to a back room and found a 36-year-old man assaulting a woman, police said.

Officers gave commands in Spanish and English for the suspect to release the woman, but the man didn't heed the officers’ commands, police said. An altercation with officers ensued and police tried to use a Taser on the man twice, but it had no effect, Martin said.

The man then reached for another officer’s Taser, prompting an officer to shoot the man, police said. The man died at the scene. The woman had no serious injuries, Martin said.

Police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting. Martin said there is a possibility the man had tried to use scissors as a weapon during the incident.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office will identify the man.

The officers have been placed on paid administrative leave and will be identified after 48 hours, which is standard policy in cases of officer-involved shootings.

Sun reporter Paul Takahashi contributed to this report.

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  1. shoot first and maybe you wont be able to answer questions,we all know metro has a history.

  2. Get out your checkbooks Mr and Mrs Taxpayer. Business as usual at the Las Vegas Metro Police.

  3. uninjured female.
    ...a dead guy with a screwdriver.

    "Back in the day", I doubt a bunch of Coppers would need tasers or glocks to bring this clown down.
    All I'm sayin...

  4. "When "Officers" arrived." That would mean there were at least two officers at the scene. So, they had to shot this guy, because he had a screwdriver, perhaps scissors too? Granted, he may have been out of control and possibly on drugs... but can't two big cops take a person down with shooting them? See it on Cops all the time.. Think it may be time for a new chief of police... and a little better training for Metro Cops... Perhaps send them to remedial training like the crack shot TSA employees went to.

  5. l wonder if the use of force continuum is part of the training for law enforcement officers in LV. I certainly hope so. Having said that, so many situations are beyond training and domestic disputes are one of the most dangerous events in a police officer's routine.

  6. Hey, buckie boy...
    "blah, blah, blah."
    I'll tell you what I know, bucko;
    Any dang fool can spot a pattern.
    When patterns like the one in question here develop,
    EVERY SHOOT will be scrutinized...and rightly so.
    "They took our toys away, so we can't beat people senseless anymore"...
    Well, ain't that a shame!

  7. Assume that the deceased was on drugs and was not listening even after being tasered and then the policemen were attacked by the deceased who was using the scissors as a weapon. Why did the policemen, the two of them, who were supposedly in
    "mortal" danger, not shoot the attacker say in a limb or a spot where a fatality would not have occurred? Were these policemen not qualified with their weapons? Were these policemen blind? I don't know, however, it does seem that the policemen over reacted by shooting the attacker in a spot to cause a fatality. Does not the Las Vegas Police Dept. teach their policemen how to handle situations such as this, without causing a fatality? It does not seem so, does it; doesn't really matter as he was just an ordinary citizen or maybe illegal.

  8. Hey - dead men tell no tales! He reached for an officer's taser so instead of doing the 'swarm', let's just pull out our gun and shoot him. Irresponsible police work in a corrupted department. Perhaps it's time for Steve Sisolak to investigate Metro and their sick leave use amongst other things!

  9. It seems like when you call the police, you might as well call the coroner as well..Why waste time?