A Las Vegas police officer became a victim of an “ambush style” shooting after a gunman approached his squad car on Sunday. The officer sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The officer was shot in the hand and was receiving treatment at a hospital, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sgt. John Sheahan.
The suspect, who is a Hispanic male, was arrested by the officers, the police announced on Twitter. The identity of the suspect has not been released as of yet.
The incident occurred after two officers left a disturbance call scene at a .99 Cents Only store, when the gunman approached their squad car that was stopped at a traffic light and fired three times. One of the officers was struck on the hand, according to KTNV. The shooting occurred shortly after noon, local time. The police did not return fire in the incident.
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said that the officers displayed “remarkable restraint” by not returning fire.
“These officers are going out there and being attacked while they are sitting in a police car, and we didn’t fire a single shot back at him,” he said, as reported by KSNV.
The name of the police officer who was shot has not been released.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal said the gunman fired from a semi-automatic handgun. Sheahan said that the suspect was pursued by the officers on foot until he dropped his weapon and surrendered.
MacHill said that his department now sends two officers to crime scenes “because of the narrative of violence against police across the country.”
“We are certainly working on pins and needles,” he said. “(That is) part of the reason we doubled them up. So we have two officers available immediately whenever an incident occurs.”
The latest shooting is the second in three days in Las Vegas. On Friday, Officer Jeremy Robertson was shot in the upper leg while responding to a call.
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