The Latest: 2 dead, 1 wounded in Vegas police shootout

July 12, 2018

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on a police shootout in downtown Las Vegas (all times local, PDT):

5:10 p.m.

Two men are now dead and a third wounded suspect is in custody following a fatal shooting and subsequent gun battle with police in downtown Las Vegas.

Capt. Yasenia Yatomi says the chain events began with the fatal shooting of an Hispanic man at about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and ended after police traded gunfire with suspects in a fleeing black Expedition that crashed into a wall at an elementary school about two hours later.

The high-speed chase shut down traffic in an area covering several blocks of downtown Las Vegas.

Yatomi says a preliminary investigation indicates two officers fired their weapons.

He says one suspect was shot and killed after he tried to flee on foot from the accident scene at Hollingsworth Elementary School. The other suspect who was wounded had made it onto the school grounds before he was taken into custody without further incident.

The initial victim who was shot multiple times later died at University Medical Center.

No names have been released.


2:55 p.m.

One suspect has been killed and another wounded in a shootout with police in Las Vegas.

Police fatally shot one suspect Wednesday morning after he fled police during a high-speed chase in downtown Las Vegas and wounded a second suspect who tried to enter an elementary school.

The wounded suspect was taken into custody. No one else was hurt.

Capt. Yasenia Yatomi told KLAS-TV that police were investigating an earlier shooting around 7:30 a.m. when they spotted the suspects’ SUV. The driver sped off and a suspect inside the vehicle fired multiple rounds at police, who returned fire during the pursuit that forced the closure of streets in an area covering several blocks.

Neither suspect succeeded in gaining access to Hollingsworth Elementary School, which was placed on a hard lock down while children inside were attending a summer program.


Eds: The previous item has been corrected to reflect updated information that indicates the wounded suspect was the one that attempted to enter the school. An earlier version indicated the suspect who was killed tried to enter the school.

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