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April 16, 2014

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Metro IDs officers involved in shooting near UNLV

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Jose Aguilar

Two officers involved in Monday’s shooting of a man Metro Police allege reached for a shotgun as he was being arrested were identified today as Todd R. Fasulo Jr. and Ronald D. Thoma.

The shooting happened shortly before 10 p.m. Monday at 3217 E. University Ave., near Harmon Avenue and Pecos Road and not far from UNLV.

The victim, Jose Aguilar, 39, was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Fasulo, 27, has been with Metro since August 2008, and Thoma, 43, has been employed with Metro since July 2000. Both officers are assigned to the Metro Patrol Division, Southeast Area Command.

They have been placed on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a review of the incident.

According to a police report, a man called Metro and reported that his roommate, Aguilar, was threatening to commit suicide by injecting himself with dog insulin.

When officers arrived, they ordered Aguilar, who was armed with a shotgun, to come out of the house, put down the gun and get on the ground, the report said.

Aguilar eventually complied, but when officers approached him, he jumped up and reached for the gun, police said. Two officers fired shots, hitting Aguilar in the lower body, police said.

Aguilar was booked in absentia into Clark County Detention Center on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and one count of resisting a public officer with a weapon.

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