Cop shot in head in one of two police-involved shootings at protests in Vegas


What the local sheriff says were two protest-related shootings in Las Vegas Monday night left a Las Vegas police officer on life support and resulted in the death of a suspect at another scene.

Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Joe Lombardo told reporters in an overnight briefing that the demonstrations “led to” both incidents.

He said officers were attempting to disperse a large crowd of demonstrators in front of the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip and were being hit with rocks and bottles form the crowd. While trying to detain some people, Lombado said, “a shot rang out and our officer went down.” The officer was on life support and a suspect was in custody.

Downtown, city police and federal officers were posted at the stairs of the federal building to protect it from protesters when a man with “multiple firearms who appeared to be wearing body armor” reached for a firearm, Lombardo said. He was shot by an offier and pronounced dead at a hospital. – READ MORE

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