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Police shoot, kill man who took bystander hostage after learning of eviction


Conor Shine

An officer-involved shooting took place Friday in the area of Cambridge Street and Twain Avenue.

Updated Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 | 11:50 a.m.

Officer-involved shooting

A man who was being evicted from his Las Vegas apartment Friday morning is dead, shot by police after a series of events that included him grabbing a bystander as a hostage and holding knives to the woman’s throat, authorities reported.

Metro Police Deputy Chief Kathleen O’Connor said the incident began about 7:30 a.m. at the Siegel Suites, 3825 Cambridge St. The manager of the complex, who was attempting to evict the man, called police after the tenant threatened to take hostages if the manager went through with the eviction.

O’Connor relayed this account of what then happened:

When a Metro Police unit already in the area for a community policing event arrived within moments, the tenant took off down Cambridge with the two officers in pursuit. About a half block from the Siegel Suites, the tenant came upon an elderly bystander, grabbed her and held two knives to her throat.

The two responding officers tried to engage the tenant, including giving him commands to drop his weapons and let the woman go free. The commands fell on deaf ears.

Feeling the woman’s life was in danger, officers shot the tenant.

He was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The woman who was held at knifepoint was shaken but not injured.

Friday morning’s incident was Metro’s second officer-involved shooting this week and the fourth this year that resulted in a death. There have been eight officer-involved shootings in Metro’s jurisdiction this year, down from 17 in 2011, 12 of which were fatal.

On Monday afternoon, Metro Police fired on a man behind the Ross Dress for Less store at 2420 E. Desert Inn Road.

The officers discovered Ronald James Morrison, 52, in the back alley. They were pursuing Morrison, who was suspected of shooting a homeless man in the hand in front of the store.

Police shot and killed Morrison after he pulled a gun from his waistband, police said.

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  1. LVMPolice officer: Put down your gun
    Pedestrian: It's a bagel with locks...
    BAM BAM!!!!
    LVMPolice Officer: I thought it was a gun!!! Oops

  2. Tough neghibor hood, you have to carry a gun just to walk to 7/11. you get shot by cops, your lucky.

  3. One of the roughest areas in the United States, according to crime survey's. Thanks metro, great work saving a life !

  4. Conor, ahem, what IF the tenant was DEAF? Could you not write "fell on seemingly deaf..." or something?

  5. Jaun Sanchez,

    Can you produce a link or any info back up that "roughest area in the United States" comment?

    I would be very interested in seeing anything that states that.

  6. AshleyAshley - What if it was you with a knife at your throat by an apparent lunatic? Would you want the police to take the wait and see attitude?

    Judged by your words you might deserve it.

  7. LVMPD they did the right thing!

  8. Good work, Metro!

    Whether the tenant was deaf or not, taking a hostage with knives at her throat is unacceptable in any society. When Metro made the decision that the woman's life was in danger, they made the correct call.

  9. Another scumbag gone!!! Great job Metro! Keep up the good work. Continue to clean up our streets!

  10. @BRASS - I commented on this article when it was a two paragraph write up. The story has been updated to include a photo and far more information.

    I'd love to see the statistics for LV and greater LV on officer related shootings in the last decade, then compare it to other major cities in the US. It seems we have a problem here, but do we? Maybe living in this kind of wild west police state is normal?

    An interesting article if the sun wanted to take it upon themselves to investigate.