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Metro officer shoots man he mistook for murder suspect

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Jackie Valley

A view of the scene where a shooting took place in the northeast valley at Stewart Avenue and Nellis Boulevard, Monday, Oct. 21, 2013.

Updated Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 | 2:30 a.m.

A Metro Police officer shot a man Monday night he mistakenly believed to be a suspect in a double homicide.

The officer-involved shooting happened about 10:35 p.m. in a 7-Eleven at the northwest corner of the Nellis Boulevard and Stewart Avenue intersection.

A patrol officer noticed a man who he thought matched the description of a suspect wanted in connection with a double homicide Sunday night at the Pacific Harbor Apartments, 5150 E. Sahara Ave., Deputy Chief Al Salinas said.

As the officer approached the man inside the 7-Eleven, the man showed his left hand but hid the right side of his body and backed away, Salinas said.

At some point as the man was backing away, the officer "felt threatened" and fired one round, striking the man in the abdomen, Salinas said.

The man was transported to University Medical Center with injuries not considered life-threatening, police said. No one else was injured.

The man did not have a weapon and, after an initial investigation, police do not believe he is the suspect being sought in the double homicide, Salinas said.

The officer who fired the shot will be placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. The officer's identity has not yet been released.

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