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This afternoon, a Las Vegas Metro Officer was killed, and another wounded in a shootout. News reports are still coming in. This is the first officer killed in 18 years in Metro.

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condolances to the officers family , that is all i will say untill i know more
 

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Damn! Not good news at all. :frown:

Please update John when you know more. Deepest sympathies to the officer's loved ones.
 

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My condolences to the family.
 

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Here is the story as known so far according to the Las Vegas Sun:


Police: One Las Vegas officer killed, another injured in shootout
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - A police officer was shot and killed Wednesday after a domestic dispute call ended in gunfire in a southwest neighborhood - the first time a Las Vegas officer has died in the line of duty in 18 years.

Authorities say another officer was injured in the shootout, and the gunman was killed.

The shooting occurred about 1:20 p.m. in a middle-class neighborhood of tract homes, police said.

An officer was called to the scene by neighbors who reported a man was beating a woman with a stick in the front yard of a home, Assistant Sheriff Rod Jett said.

Police said the officer called for assistance, and an off-duty officer on his way to work responded to the call.

Neighbors and the woman's mother and brother were outside the home when the two officers arrived, Jett said. They warned the officers that the man inside the home was dangerous.

Authorities say the officers entered through an open door and were immediately met with gunfire from an assault rifle.

One officer died at the scene, and police said the off-duty officer suffered moderate injuries and was taken to University Medical Center.

Police have not released the names of the gunman or the officers involved.

It wasn't immediately clear who fired the shots that killed the gunman.

"Today is a day that typifies why an officer has to be a cut above the rest of society," Jett said at a news conference at the scene.

The last Las Vegas Metro Police officer to be killed in the line of duty was Officer Marc Kahre in 1988.

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I guess ''assault'' will once more be the label used on an AK or SKS. Bad for the cops but probably also bad for all of us too.

I wonder how those deals can best be played - the ''open door'' deal is highly dangerous - and tragic as proved here. How else can the cops manage these situations tho.
 

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Update from this morning news..

The Metro officer was a Sgt with 13 years on the force, wife and 2 small kids.

According to the reports, this was a domestic (what else?) and the BG retreated into the house, and the SGT and another off-duty officer entered the open front door, and the BG was laying in wait, and as they entered, he fired and killed the Sgt on the spot, and wounded the other 3 times in the leg, but he retreated behind a car. From what I gather, by that time, other officers arrived and had a shootout with the BG, killing him just outside the front door (as shown on TV, that is where his body laid, handcuffed). According to reports,neighbors warned the officers before they entered, that the BG was very agitated, etc.

That is about all at this time. I'm sure ACP will have more on this, as he is closer to the PD than I am, I am just getting my info off the TV news.

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This is the latest news.

Feb. 02, 2006
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'OUR WORST NIGHTMARE': LV officer slain in gunbattle

Gunman killed, another officer injured in shootout

By BRIAN HAYNES
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What was to have been a proud day for the Metropolitan Police Department on Wednesday ended as one of its darkest.

Fourteen-year police veteran Sgt. Henry Prendes was shot and killed during a domestic violence call, becoming the first Las Vegas police officer in 17 years to be slain in the line of duty.

"I can tell you, for the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department this is a very sad day," Sheriff Bill Young said. "It's our worst nightmare as an agency."

Prendes, 37, was ambushed as he approached the front door of a house in southwest Las Vegas. The gunman then held police at bay by firing more than 50 rounds from a semiautomatic assault rifle before officers shot and killed him, Young said.

A second officer was shot in the leg during the gunbattle.

Police identified the gunman as Amir Rashid Crump, 21, an aspiring Las Vegas rapper who went by the nickname "Trajik."

The incident began about 1:20 p.m., just as Young was about to start an awards ceremony at the Clark County Commission chambers. Young told the audience of police officers and their families that he had to leave and explained that an officer had been shot. He didn't know that Prendes was dead until he was en route to University Medical Center.

Police had responded to the home at 8336 Feather Duster Court, near Durango Drive and the Las Vegas Beltway, after several 911 calls about a man beating a woman with a stick in the front yard and breaking windows on vehicles and the house.

Prendes and several officers arrived and found the woman, who was Crump's girlfriend. Her mother and her brother were with her. Crump had gone inside the home.

Prendes "cautiously approached" the door when he was met with gunfire, Young said. An officer nearby saw Prendes "reeling out of the house, saying, 'I'm hit,' " Young said.

Prendes fell on the sidewalk, but other officers could not reach him because Crump continued firing with his gun, which was similar to an AK-47, Young said.

Crump fired about 50 rounds and kept the officers pinned behind cars, walls and whatever cover they could find, he said. He went upstairs and fired down upon the officers, he said.

Investigators found several empty ammunition clips at the scene.

"He was prepared for this," Young said. "He was ready, waiting and willing to kill a police officer."

As the gunbattle continued, officers from across the valley sped toward the area and swarmed the neighborhood. Several roads were closed as police locked down the scene and surrounding neighborhood.

Joe Anello, a Manhattan Beach, Calif., resident who was visiting a relative, watched the incident unfold from a backyard looking toward Feather Duster Court. He said he heard a burst of eight to 10 shots, followed by about 15 seconds of silence, then another 15 or 20 gunshots.

Another neighbor, Anthony Johnson, said it sounded like a gunbattle.

"It sounded like someone was shooting, and then someone shooting back," he said.

Aaron Barnes, who lives on Feather Duster Court, said he came home from work and saw the police helicopter. He heard gunfire and looked up the street to see his neighbor, Crump, firing a gun.

He said his neighbor, a member of the rap group Desert Mobb, was usually quiet, except for occasional loud music in the middle of the night.

Despite the barrage of gunfire, police officers tried to rescue Prendes. A plainclothes officer with the gang unit was armed with an assault rifle and helped turn the tide.

"His weapon probably saved the day," Young said.

That officer was shot in the leg during the rescue attempt.

Police shot and killed Crump outside the front door.

About five or six officers fired their weapons during the incident. Their names will be withheld until 48 hours after the incident, which is department policy.

"This could have been a lot worse," Young said. "We are extremely fortunate that other police officers were not killed in this incident."

At UMC, dozens of somber uniformed and plainclothes officers gathered in front of the Trauma Unit to show their support for the wounded officer. Police sealed off the Trauma Unit entrance for hours, allowing only authorized personnel to use that entrance. Nearly all visitors were told to use a different hospital entrance.

The last Las Vegas police officer to be shot and killed in the line of duty was 34-year-old Marc Kahre. He was shot in October 1988 while responding to a domestic violence call in east Las Vegas.

Young said domestic violence calls can be the most dangerous for a police officer, but Las Vegas police officers handle thousands a year without incident.

"Today, unfortunately, our luck ran out," Young said.

Review-Journal staff writer Frank Curreri contributed to this report.
 

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My condolences to the slain officer's family.
 

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My condolences to the family and friends of the slain officer, and prayers for a speedy recovery for the officer who was wounded.
 

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Prayers and condolences to the lost and wounded brothers-in-arms and their families.
 

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I just found out tonight that I have 'less than 6 degrees of separation' from the slain officer. He was the son-in-law of a Doctor here in town that a friend of mine is learning her internship from.

Damn but it is a small world.
 

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I nearly asked about whether you knew/knew of him Bob but then remembered - Vegas is a big place!!! Indeed, small world - as is often the case.

It is one mega sad incident.
 
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