Metro officer shoots, injures robbery suspect who fired at police
CREATED Jan. 6, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A neighborhood just east of downtown swells with police after early morning gunfire shook residents from their beds.
"That gunfire woke my whole body up," resident Margaret Nowlo said. "It's frightening."
"I thought it was a 4th of July celebration," resident William McCuein said.
Neighbors report hearing as many as ten shots. Police said that gunfire came from a male suspect who fired at officers when they tried to arrest him. Police shot back.
"The officer returned fire striking the subject," Kathleen O'Connor said. "He was transported to a local hospital." Police said the suspect is in critical condition.
Police said they recognized the suspect from a recent robbery. The incident started when officers stopped a suspicious car parked in the 2100 block of Sunrise Ave. When officers were removing the people from the car, police said the suspect jumped in the front seat and took off. A short pursuit ended near E. Bonanza and N. Maryland Pkwy.
While some neighbors heard the gunshots, others slept right through the noise.
"When I got up this morning and opened the curtains the street in four directions was all closed off," resident Larry Mattson said.
The shooting happened right across the street from a quiet senior living complex. A female suspect fled on foot, but was caught shortly afterward.
"The cops are coming from everywhere and it went on for hours," McCuen said. "The police told me to go in the house."
Police arrested the other suspects in the car, but residents who live nearby are still shaken.
"My nerves," Nowlo said. "I'm just itching all over."
The officer who shot the suspect is on paid administrative leave.