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Las Vegas police investigating officer-involved shooting at Excalibur

Joyce Lupiani

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Las Vegas police investigating officer-involved shooting at Excalibur

CREATED Aug. 11, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting at the Excalibur.

It happened just after 9 p.m. Sunday night.

According to the LVMPD, an off-duty detective shot a man that was inside his car.

The detective was at the hotel and casino with his wife to visit some friends and was unloading packages from his car in the loading zone of the hotel-casino.

The detective claims that he tried to get the man to exit his car three times. He shot the man after he saw him make a move for something in the car.

The man was shot in the wrist. Police say that he then got out of the car and tried to run away. He was detained by hotel security.

The man was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The detective has been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation into the shooting according to department policy.

The victim's family said the victim is 27-year-old Saul Villegas of Victorville, California. They claim he's developmentally disabled and accidentally wandered off into the officer's vehicle, which sparked the shooting.

He has reportedly had developmental disabilities since he was involved in an accident several years ago. His family said he has communication problems and doesn't respond well to commands.

Villegas is listed in fair condition at UMC.

The family is now hiring an attorney to figure out how to proceed.

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