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August 30, 2014

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Metro identifies officer involved in weekend shooting

A Metro Police officer who on Sunday shot and injured a man suspected in a robbery has been identified as Daniel Garmendia, authorities said.

Garmendia shot and critically injured Brandon Joseph Ogonowski, 28, of Las Vegas after Ogonowski fired shots at police on Sunday, police said.

The incident began about 4:10 a.m. Sunday when patrol officers were investigating a suspicious vehicle in the 2100 block of Sunrise Avenue.

Officers recognized Ogonowski, who was with a female and wanted for his alleged involvement in a Dec. 29 robbery in which the victim was shot, police said.

When officers tried to take Ogonowski and the passenger, Christina Harrington, 24, of Las Vegas, out of the car, they drove off, police said. Officers chased the vehicle to the 600 block of North 12th St., where Ogonowski and Harrington got out and ran in different directions, police said.

Police said Ogonowski fired shots at officers, but nobody was hit. Garmendia returned fire, striking Ogonowski, police said.

Ogonowski remains hospitalized but was booked in absentia at the Clark County Detention Center on counts of attempted murder of a police officer, assault with a deadly weapon, resisting a police officer with a deadly weapon, felony evading, burglary and possession of stolen property.

Harrington was arrested and booked on counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and grand larceny auto stemming from the Dec. 29 robbery, police said.

Garmendia, who has been with Metro Police since 2009, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending a review of the shooting.

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