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Neighbors react to officer-involved shooting in North Las Vegas

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Neighbors react to officer-involved shooting in North Las Vegas

CREATED Jul 18, 2014 - UPDATED: Jul 18, 2014

North Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man is dead after being shot by North Las Vegas Police around 1:30 a.m. Friday.

A spokesman for the police department said a police officer was attempting to stop a man on a scooter in the area of Ann Road and Camino Al Norte when the man took off.

The man refused to stop and led officers on a low-speed chase. The man got off of the scooter in the 700 block of Rio Royal Way and began running.

Police officers began pursuing on foot. In the 6000 block of Revere, police said the man stopped, turned and drew what appeared to be a handgun. The officer closest to the man shot him multiple times.

"It was clearly gunshots, and there was like a rhythm to them, like 'pow pow pow.' It was either six or seven gunshots," said neighbor Katherine Wingfield.

The man was transported to University Medical Center where he died.

Police said the gun was later discovered to be a pellet gun that was made to look like a semi-automatic handgun. They found another such gun in the man's backpack.

The 29-year-old police officer who shot the suspect has been a police officer for 6 years. He has been placed on routine paid administrative leave per department policy. He will be identified by the department on Monday.

No police officers were hurt during the incident.

The Clark County coroner will release the name and age of the man who was shot after relatives have been notified.

This is the second officer-involved shooting for the North Las Vegas Police Department this year.

Action News will update this story as more information is received.