Las Vegas protest: Las Vegas police arrest suspect in shooting of LVMPD officer
Las Vegas police arrest suspect in shooting of officer
Las Vegas police have identified 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego as the suspect in the shooting of LVMPD officer Shay Mikalonis on Monday night.
According to a department press release, LVMPD homicide detectives identified the suspect in video surveillance firing a handgun at officers as he walked down South Las Vegas Boulevard. Detectives tracked the suspect to a motel located across the street from the shooting.
Samaniego was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of attempted murder on a police officer and two counts of unlawful discharging of a firearm.
Shooting victims identified, officer in 'grave condition'
Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis remains in “grave condition” on Tuesday after he was shot Monday night during a confrontation with a heavily armed man after a demonstration protesting the death of George Floyd.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family, and we ask that yours be as well,” Chris Jones, assistant sheriff with Las Vegas Metro Police, said during a press conference on Tuesday.
Jones did not identify the man who shoe Mikalonis.
In a completely separate incident Monday night, officers shot and killed 25-year-old Jorge Gomez outside the federal courthouse on Las Vegas Boulevard.
Gomez was part of a crowd outside the courthouse that had become “rowdy,” according to Jones, and had been ordered to disperse just after 11 p.m.
The majority of that crowd did disperse, but Gomez was among a few who stayed.
Gomez was heavily armed, according to Jones. He carried three Glock handguns, one of which had been fitted with a carbine conversion kit.
A video showed during Tuesday’s press conference allegedly shows Gomez with weapons clearly visible.
When Gomez and others refused to disperse from the area near the courthouse, an officer fired several shots from a low-lethal shotgun, causing Gomez to turn northbound.
Gomez then allegedly raised one of his firearms at other officers, who fired several rounds at him.
He was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced deceased. Gomez is a resident of the Las Vegas area, Jones said.
Jones said LVMPD would give more updates on both shootings at a 72-hour briefing in the coming days.
James Seabock, a deputy chief with LVMPD, said the department is expecting more demonstrations in the coming days.
The Nevada National Guard will be assisting police starting tonight, he added.
Seabock said over the past five nights, the department has seen a pattern of violence erupting following otherwise peaceful and constructive protests scheduled earlier in the evening.
“As the night goes on and the good intended and law abiding people leave, and those that seek to break the law stay behind,” he said. “These people are clearly not here for peaceful purposes and they are set on damaging our community, our businesses and to cause harm to our officers and people in the area.”
LVMPD to update media on 2 critical incidents involving officers
Members of the LVMPD’s Executive Staff will address the media to provide updates on the two critical incidents that took place yesterday June 1, 2020, during the protest.
The press conference will be held Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 2:15 p.m. at LVMPD’s Headquarters, building B, OHR room located at 400 South Martin L. King Boulevard. Live video will be embedded here once the press conference stream begins. The video may contain graphic content.
All credentialed media representatives are invited to attend. Please ensure the representative has credentials or other identification that recognizes they are affiliated with a media outlet in their possession.
Sisolak: 'Difficult day for Nevada'
Gov. Steve Sisolak issued a statement Tuesday afternoon on the shooting of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer.
“Last night there were two officer involved shootings in Las Vegas. I know this is a difficult day for Nevada. And it’s during these trying times we must remind ourselves that creating a state where justice and peace exist together in partnership, not as a binary choice, is the goal we must all work toward. I am committed to doing all I can.
"I am praying for the LVMPD officer who was senselessly shot last night - there is no place for this behavior in Nevada. I am praying for all of the communities across Nevada who are experiencing grief and pain right now. Violence has no place in our communities and we must all work toward peaceful solutions together. As your Governor, I am committed to listening, heeding calls to action, and healing.”
Officer in critical condition
Update: 3:49 a.m.
A Las Vegas Metro officer is in critical condition after a protester shot him Monday night, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early Tuesday.
Lombardo said officers were attempting to clear protesters from Las Vegas Boulevard near Circus Circus when the officer was shot sometime before midnight.
The officer is currently on life support at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.
A suspect in the shooting was arrested about 2:30 a.m.
The second shooting on Monday night involved an armed man wearing body armor.
Lombardo said police and federal agents guarding a federal building in downtown Las Vegas shot the man when he reached for his firearm at 11:22 p.m.
Lombardo said the man was an open-carry individual and was seen walking among protesters as the demonstration was dying down before the shooting.
“What has occurred is utterly unacceptable," Lombardo said before ending the brief press conference.
Update 3:30 a.m.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo will address "two critical incidents" that followed the protests in downtown Las Vegas Monday.
Lombardo is expected to speak at 3:35 a.m. The Reno Gazette Journal will carry live video.
Two shot near Las Vegas Strip, including police officer
Update: earlier Tuesday morning
Two people, including a police officer, were shot near the Las Vegas Strip on Monday night following a protest in memory of the death of George Floyd.
The separate shootings took place about 2 miles apart from each other on the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard. The status of the victims are unknown.
Witnesses say the man who was shot by police was carrying a weapon and opened fire first. Witnesses say the man was a protester, but authorities haven’t confirmed it yet.
The man's status is unknown and was last seen by a reporter being tended to by medical personnel.
A Snap shared with the Reno Gazette Journal by a witness shows the moment of the shooting.
Police have blocked off the Las Vegas Strip from The Strat — the towering resort on South Las Vegas Boulevard — to Caesars Palace.
A press conference is expected later this morning.
A map of the approximate locations of the shootings
1:21 a.m. Tuesday:
Gov. Steve Sisolak tweet the following:
"My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation."
12:30 a.m. Tuesday:
The Las Vegas Metro confirmed the two shootings in a press release sent early Tuesday morning.
Police said the shootings are a police shooting on the 300 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard and an officer shot in the 2800 Block of South Las Vegas Boulevard.
12 a.m. Tuesday
The CBS affiliate in Las Vegas is reporting a police officer was shot and killed Monday night. 8NewsNow.com cited sources inside the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
Police have blocked off the Las Vegas Strip from The Strat — the towering resort at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard — to Caesar's Palace.
At the tail end of Monday’s protest in downtown Las Vegas, a man was shot by police after witnesses say he opened fire first.
Witnesses say the man was a protester, but authorities haven’t confirmed it yet. The man's status is unknown but could be seen being tended to by medical personnel.
A Snap shared with the Reno Gazette Journal by a witness shows the moment of the shooting.
Las Vegas police have engaged the crowd with pepper bullets at Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The tear gas smoke is in the air. The man next to our reporter got pepper-sprayed.
“I can’t breath,” he’s saying. “I can’t breathe.”
10:35 p.m. update:
After a short speech, a man leading this part of the protest has thanked everyone for coming and told everyone to go home.
People are dispersing. Police are leavin
Las Vegas police rolled up a couple minutes ago to watch the protesters leave. This has been the most peaceful night of the last four nights.
10:24 p.m. update
Protesters flooded the streets of downtown Las Vegas on Monday as they demonstrated against the killing of George Floyd for the fourth straight night.
The demonstration started at Trump Tower on the Las Vegas Strip with a several dozen people and eventually grew into a sea of people as it reached the city’s downtown core three hours later.
Police, meanwhile, followed along in vehicles, eventually meeting protesters on foot in downtown, some forming a line with face shields down.
Protesters chanted Floyd’s name as more police arrived before 10:30 p.m.
9:51 p.m. update:
Police in gas masks lined the streets as thousands of protesters swarmed along Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas.
Protesters are spraying graffiti as the crowd moves. Demonstrators are blowing off Roman candles and aerial shells — the kind you see on the Fourth of July. Police are preparing, pulling gas masks over their faces and loading pepper rounds. Above it all, chanting: “George Floyd! George Floyd!”
8:51 p.m. update:
Several hundred protesters marched from in front of the Trump Hotel in the Las Vegas Strip, along the still-shuttered casinos toward the courthouse Monday evening in a Black Lives Matter rally.
The gathering has been peaceful, and accompanied by a heavy police presence.
LAS VEGAS – Demonstrators are expected to protest in front of Trump Tower, marking the fourth day of Black Lives Matter rallies in the wake of George Floyd's death.
In Las Vegas, SWAT units were deployed late Sunday and police in riot gear fired non-lethal projectiles at protesters fleeing clouds of stinging pepper gas.
The scene ended a night of protests ignited by video of Floyd, a black man, pleading that he couldn’t breathe before he stopped moving with a white police officer pressing his knee into his neck for several minutes.
Marches in Las Vegas came amid demonstrations in dozens of other cities around the country.
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A demonstration Sunday near a shopping and entertainment center in suburban Las Vegas ended peacefully about the same time a wave of helmeted police officers advanced to clear people from the south end of the resort-lined Las Vegas Strip.
During one pause in the advance, several officers took a knee on Las Vegas Boulevard — drawing cheers from protesters, including some who also knelt.
The RGJ will update this story as the demonstration unfolds...
Contributing: Associated Press.