A Las Vegas police officer was shot in the hand on Sept. 6 in what officials are calling an ambush-style shooting (video below).
In a video statement Las Vegas Metro Sgt. John Sheahan says two officers responding to a disturbance call at a nearby retail store were stopped in their patrol car at traffic light when an assailant walked up to the passenger side of the vehicle and fired multiple shots.
Both officers got ouf of the vehicle and chased the man, apprehending him in the parking lot of a nearby convenience store.
“The suspect and the firearm were both recovered,” said Sheahan. “Our officers did all of this without firing a shot.”
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill described the suspected gunman as a Hispanic male, reports KVVU News. The recovered weapon was a Springfield semi-automatic handgun, he said.
The wounded officer was transported to University Medical Center with injuries that are not life-threatening and Sheahan said he was in good condition.
The names of the suspect and the officers involved have not been released.
It’s the second officer-involved shooting in three days in the city, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reports. It is also the fourth in two months.
On Sept. 4 an officer was shot in the leg while investigating a prowler call.
McMahill, acknowledging other officer-involved shootings in the country and the strained relations between communities and police, told the paper it was a “rough time” for his department’s officers.
“That false narrative that's being spread across this country in the 'war on police' is exactly that, it's false,” McMahill said.
He said officers “find solace” knowing that most in the community still support them.
“These officers go out day in and out to make a difference in this community,” he added. “There are dozens and dozens of examples every single month where they do just that.”
Sheahan told KLAS News the department has made some changes to make sure officers are protected. Some of those changes might have helped in the incident on Sept. 6, he suggested.
“Since the last officer-involved shooting when we had officers shot in the line of duty, the sheriff mandated that it was two men to a car, two officers to car,” he said. “We've been rolling two officers to a car since (Sept. 4).”