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Metro Police officers involved in third shooting in a week

Updated Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 | 5:57 p.m.

Saturday shooting

Metro Police officers on Saturday were involved in their third shooting in one week.

Police officials said the shooting occurred about 9:30 p.m. at Town & Country Manor III apartments, 5390 Boulder Highway.

According to Las Vegas Sun news partner KSNV MyNews3, a man had been trying to hijack a car by shooting into the occupied vehicle. Metro Police officers arrived and shot and wounded the man.

The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he is in stable condition.

Metro Police were also involved in shootings Monday and Friday.

Police on Saturday released the identity of the two officers who shot and killed a man who had held a bystander hostage with a knife at her throat Friday.

Friday shooting

Police officers Russell Ellsworth and Brandon Oris were placed on routine paid administrative leave while Metro Police investigate the incident.

The officers responded to a call from the Siegel Suites at 3825 Cambridge St. Officials said the manager had been trying to evict a man, who threatened to take hostages if the manager went through with the eviction.

Officials said that when Ellsworth and Oris arrived, the tenant took off down Cambridge Street and grabbed a woman and held a knife at her throat. The officers commanded the man to drop the weapon and release the woman. When he ignored them, the officers shot him.

Ellsworth, 28, has worked for Metro Police since March 2008. Oris, 29, has worked for Metro Police since August 2008.

On Monday, Ronald James Morrison, 52, was shot dead in an alley outside a retail store at 2420 E. Desert Inn Road after pulling a gun from his waistband.

Morrison was suspected of shooting a homeless man in the hand outside the store.

CORRECTION: MyNews3 is reporting that there was not an exchange of gunfire with the carjacking suspect. | (November 4, 2012)

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  2. Shooting into an occupied vehicle?

    While I agree that there must be an internal investigation in these cases, I remain steadfast behind our Metro Police when they use their weapons in cases like this.

  3. The easiest thing to do is criticize an officer when there's an officer involved shooting, but until to you are actually in that position that law enforcement officers are in (whether it's Las Vegas Metro, Louisville, Orlando, Dallas or where ever), you might want to with hold your judgement until all of the facts are in. Not everyone can do the job of a law enforcement officer, and not everyone who is an officer, should be not in that position, but that holds true for so many other jobs. I'm not saying that any of the officers were right or wrong with their decisions in these latest officer involved shootings, but I would rather wait until all of the information is made available, to make a judgement.

  4. @hater, then maybe the citizens that continually criticize our law enforcement can take over their job for a day and see what it's really like to be a police officer in Southern Nevada. Everyone is so quick to jump on the backs of these people day in and day out. "They could have handled it better." Really? If someone broke into your home and was coming at you, and you had a gun for protection, would you stand there and think, there is a better way to handle this crazy person coming at me. Shall I stop and try to talk him down? Shall I shove him to the side? I think not...let's stop denouncing the people that have a much harder job than we all think.

  5. At this rate half of our police force will be on paid administrative leave by new years.

  6. My apologies Hater, it didn't show me your second response.