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April 21, 2014

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Officer shoots bank robbery suspect after chase through homes, police say

Officer-involved shooting

Bank robbery

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A Metro Police officer shot and injured a suspect in an armed bank robbery Saturday after a chase over walls and through homes in a southwest Las Vegas neighborhood, police said.

Police received a call around 12:50 p.m. about an armed man attempting to rob a U.S. Bank in the 2200 block of South Rainbow Boulevard. A police helicopter tracked the man to a parking lot in the 700 block of Sahara Boulevard, where he fled in a car, police said.

Officers on the ground chased the man into a nearby neighborhood near Sahara Boulevard and Buffalo Drive, where he abandoned his car and ran. The man jumped over a wall and broke into a home, where he fired at least one shot but did not hit anyone, police said.

He then fled from the home, jumped over a second wall and broke into another home. This time, the homeowner retrieved a weapon and shot at the man, police said. Police do not know whether the homeowner struck the man.

Police cornered the suspect in the home’s backyard, where he aimed a gun at officers, police said. An officer then fired several shots, striking the man.

The man was taken to an area hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening. No one else was injured.

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  1. simplysaid...

    "Do you get it liberals..."
    What's to get?
    Did the homeowner have a legally-owned firearm?
    If so, there's nuttin' to get.
    It's you crackpots that are afraid that 'Obama's comin' fer my guns!' that scare the crap out of the rest of us; NO ONE wants your guns, pal.
    Unless you are A)illegally in possession of said weapon B)are a Certfied Nutcase C)are hoarding a cache of assault weapons...NO ONE CARES about your gun(s) nor cares that you shoot bankrobbing suspects that enter your premises uninvited...
    Plug away, my friend! Just quit yammering on about things that aren't true because you hear other, equally-ill-informed & hysterical yahoo's saying the same thing.

  2. Kudos to the homeowner and Metro police officers.

    I'll buy them all lunch... anytime.

  3. "Do you get it liberals.... The man defended his home from an armed felon."

    simplysaid -- imagine how different the outcome would have been if the man had been the kind of law-abiding citizen subject to District of Columbia-type laws. Residents were required to "keep lawfully owned firearms unloaded and dissembled or bound by a trigger lock or similar device." The U.S. Supreme Court declared that law unConstitutional in 2008. And your petty "liberals" label shows how little thought you put into your post.

    "What's to get? Did the homeowner have a legally-owned firearm? If so, there's nuttin' to get."

    gmag -- it's evident after weeks of Discussions on this topic, YOU don't "get" it. Both the federal Bill of Rights and our state's Declaration of Rights protect our freedom to "keep. . .arms." what part of "keep" do you not understand?

    "If only these homeowners had been allowed to have landmines and full auto assault rifles to defend themselves, right gun nuts??"

    Markey -- to the extent you're mocking those of us Discussing on the side of the Bill of Rights, get serious or expect to be ignored and disrespected here.

    "In this case, the police were only SECONDS, not MINUTES away, and the armed perpetrator was still able to invade two homes and fire rounds at one of the homeowners."

    desertfox -- good point. Having once faced an unarmed but violent home invader, the profound ignorance of so many posting here shows they not only have not had that same or similar experience, they can't seem to wrap their tiny minds around it.

    "...the enshrinement of constitutional rights necessarily takes certain policy choices off the table." District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. (slip opinion at 64) (2008)

  4. The home owner should purchase a semi-auto assault type shotgun with a 20 round drum magazine and this guy would have been put in a body bag.
    on second thought, all home owners should have a semi-auto assault type shotgun with 20 round drum magazines.
    Justice served, tax payer spared, case closed.
    "Always use the correct tool to complete the job"

  5. Disarm the gangs, illegals, violent criminals. Enforce our laws. "New" idea: authorize police pat downs of almost anyone loitering in areas with high crime rates. Rule this as REASONABLE search and seizure and the cops have useful tools without endless affidavits, paperwork, probable cause, funding.

  6. Some one send an interview with the homeowner to the NRA.
    It's just a shame the homeowner didn't have an MP5 for the occasion...