Monday, August 7, 2017

Naked gunman threatening suicide is shot by Las Vegas police

A naked gunman was found in a church parking lot threatening suicide on Saturday morning (Pictured: Life Springs Christian Church)   

Las Vegas NV Aug 7 2017
A naked gunman reportedly threatening to kill himself was shot Saturday by Las Vegas police, authorities said.
The shooting happened about 11.00am in the parking lot of the Life Springs Christian Church, at 2075 E. Warm Springs Road, near Eastern Avenue, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
The suspect was reported to be threatening suicide and was found sitting there without clothes on and armed with a handgun, Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Jeff Clark told the Review Journal.
The gunman initially appeared to be complying with their commands to put the gun down on the ground and walk away from it, but then he turned around and ran toward the gun, police said.
An officer then fired a single shot at the man after a K9 dog was unsuccessfully used to try to arrest him, police said.
The man was taken to nearby hospital in stable condition.
No officers were hurt.
This is the 16th police shooting in Las Vegas so far this year, a sharp increase from the 10 total police shootings in 2016.
The Saturday shooting also marks the eighth instance where officers were shot or shot at in the past seven weeks.
On Tuesday, a man in a stolen truck died in a shootout with police, which also left an officer injured.
Miguel Salas, 25, died from a gunshot wound to the head following the incident, according to the Clark County Coroner's office on Friday.
Last week, Las Vegas authorities shot and killed Miguel Salas, 25, after he fired nine bullets at a police officer.     
Body cam footage belonging to one of the Las Vegas officers shows police ordering Salas to step out of his vehicle.
The video shows Salas refuse to comply with Officer Richard Nelson demands as he holds the suspect's wrist.
'Step out of the car,'  Nelson is heard saying.
'Why do you need me to step out of my car?' Salas said. 'I'm not doing nothing!'
'Yes, you are. You're not listening to our command. Do you want to get tased?' the officer asks.
Suddenly, Salas reaches for a concealed weapon in the car and fires off nine rounds, striking Nelson once in the lower left chest on his bullet-proof vest. 
'Shots fired! I've been hit! Shots fired, I've been hit!,' Nelson tells dispatch after firing a number of rounds, fatally hitting Salas with one bullet.

Police units had originally stopped Salas after receiving a report of suspicious vehicle parked in front of a business in the 4100 block of West Tompkins Avenue at 4.15pm in connection with a stolen cell phone.

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