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August 27, 2014

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Man shot by police after chase in Las Vegas

Shooting

Troopers wounded a man in an exchange of gunfire this morning after a high-speed chase that ended on U.S. 95 when police blew out the fleeing vehicle’s tires, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

The incident started when a trooper tried to pull over the vehicle about 4 a.m. on a traffic violation at Nellis Boulevard and Tropicana Avenue, Trooper Jeremie Elliot said.

The vehicle sped north on U.S. 95, and troopers placed a spike strip at U.S. 95 and Las Vegas Boulevard to stop it, Elliot said.

After running over the spikes, the vehicle’s tires were flattened and it caught fire before coming to a stop near the Jones Boulevard exit, Elliot said. The man got out of the vehicle and exchanged fire with troopers with a handgun, he said.

The man was shot and transported to University Medical Center in unknown condition, Elliot said.

No troopers were injured.

A woman in the car was taken into custody, authorities said.

The Jones Boulevard exit has been closed, and U.S. 95 traffic has been diverted northbound at Decatur Boulevard, Elliot said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. There are words used by the N.H.P.and Metro that raise concerns every time I hear them.THEY SAID HE PULLED A WEAPON.Another one sided story,and I am not saying Ho should not have been arrested for a high speed chase.Its the THEY SAID that bothers me

  2. His tires blew out, the vehicle caught fire just before it stopped. Then the dumb bell gets out of the vehicle and starts shooting at the police. It's obvious that he wanted to be shot so the police just did him a favor. Now, if he lives he'll should have a long time in prison to think about what a dumb person he is. As for the woman in the vehicle, I hope she doesn't plan on seeing this guy for a while.

  3. @By jeffrey9 (Jeffrey Jarvis) wrote - "and I am not saying he should not have been arrested for a high speed chase"

    So, you take their word ("THEY SAID IT!") for the high speed chase, but not for the shooting??? Great reasoning there. A true scholar you are.

    Don't you think that there are dash cams in NHP vehicles? You had better check.

  4. This person was absolutely a threat to our community by speeding, endangering himself, his passenger, motorists and pedestrians, evading law enforcement, and shooting at officers.

    Million dollar question, why did he want to evade being pulled over so badly that he would go to these great lengths to avoid showing an officer his ID?

    I'm going to guess that he's A. wanted for a crime, or B. has a lengthy criminal record that a moving violation would worsen or throw him in the clink.
    Otherwise, there is no reason any normal human being wouldn't pull over, take a ticket and drive home - slowly.

    Metro did the right thing on every level, including using spike strips to peaceable get this person to stop without the use of lethal force. They had no idea this man was armed and dangerous. When a gun is pulled on an officer or any other person, they have every right to defend themselves. Metro puts their life on the line every day, thank God they didn't get hurt in this instance today. And double thanks that this man will live to face prosecution in a fair and just nation.