Vegas man killed by police in casino heist ID'd

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Latest on the fatal police shooting over the weekend of a man who exchanged gunfire with officers during an attempted robbery at a Las Vegas Strip casino (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Authorities have identified a 49-year-old man who was shot and killed by police while exchanging gunfire as he tried to flee a weekend robbery at a posh Las Vegas Strip casino.

The Clark County coroner says Michael Charles Cohen of Las Vegas died of a gunshot to the head after the Saturday evening shooting in the valet parking area at the Bellagio resort.

Police Capt. Nichole Splinter says an officer was injured by a gunshot that hit his bulletproof vest. He was treated at a hospital and released. His name was not immediately released.

Joaquin Escobar is identified as the officer who shot Cohen.

Splinter says Cohen fled the casino poker room and was trying to carjack a vehicle when he was confronted by four Las Vegas police officers and gunfire erupted.


9:30 a.m.

Las Vegas police have released the name of the officer who fatally shot a robbery suspect outside the Bellagio hotel-casino.

Authorities identified 29-year-old Joaquin Escobar on Sunday as the officer in Friday's shooting that left another officer wounded.

Police were called after a suspect reported robbed the Bellagio's poker cage area.

The suspect tried to flee by carjacking someone outside.

He came into contact with officers and allegedly pointed his gun at them and fired off at least one round.

Police say Escobar returned fire, striking the suspect.

The suspect, who has not been identified, died from his injuries Saturday. The wounded officer, who had a bullet-proof vest, was treated and released.

Escobar has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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