Police Wound Unarmed Man in Homicide Case

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Las Vegas police say a patrol officer who shot an unarmed man thought the man was a suspect in a double homicide.

Deputy Las Vegas police Chief Al Salinas told the Las Vegas Sun the patrol officer felt threatened when the man backed away and failed to show both hands during the encounter about 10:30 p.m. Monday in a store northwest of downtown.

Salinas says the officer fired one shot, wounding the man in the abdomen.

The wounded man was taken to University Medical Center. Police say his injuries aren't believed to be life-threatening.

Salinas says the man wasn't the one sought in a late Sunday shooting that left two dead at an apartment building on East Sahara Avenue.

The officer is on paid leave pending an internal investigation.

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