Arrest Made After 3 Police Officers Wounded In Las Vegas Shooting

A suspected gunman surrendered to police Friday after three officers were wounded in a shootout during a domestic disturbance call at an apartment several blocks east of the Las Vegas Strip, authorities said.

"The negotiation was successful," said Sgt. John Loretto, a Las Vegas police spokesman, who described the officers' injuries as not life-threatening.

"Their status is OK at this time," he said.

The man was arrested about 5 p.m. after SWAT officers surrounded
the apartment and negotiators persuaded him to surrender peacefully, Loretto said.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie said the officers were shot when they tried to enter the apartment after hearing screams, threats and gunshots inside.

"As they were doing that, the suspect inside shot out at them and that's when they were injured," Gillespie said.

Loretto reported there were several initial bursts of gunfire about 1:40 p.m. at the sprawling complex stretching over several blocks off Paradise Road near Twain Avenue. Officers returned fire, shooting from a parking lot toward a second-story window in an exchange caught on video aired by KLAS-TV.

No other injuries were immediately reported after the shooting.

The wounded officers were taken to University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

Loretto said he did not know the gender of the officers, but said one was wounded in the wrist, one was shot in the gun belt and one was shot in the chest of a protective vest "which probably saved the officer's life."

Loretto said he did not know if the bullet that hit the officer's gun belt penetrated that officer's skin.

Two of the officers were released from the hospital Friday evening.

The officer who was wounded in the wrist remained hospitalized in stable condition, Loretto said.

Streets were shut down, neighboring apartments were evacuated, and about 2,600 students at three nearby schools were locked in their classrooms until about 5 p.m., authorities said.

Dave Sheehan, a Clark County School District spokesman, said no students were hurt.


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