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Las Vegas Police Officer Shay Mikalonis on Life Support After Being Shot

Las Vegas Police Officer Shay Mikalonis on Life Support After Being Shot

Las Vegas Police Officer Shay Mikalonis

Las Vegas Police Officer Shay Mikalonis on Life Support After Being Shot

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Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis remains on life support Tuesday evening at the University Medical Center after a shooting took place late Monday night.

The local community showed support throughout the day Tuesday for the officer, including many bringing flowers for a growing memorial.

UPDATE 4:10 P.M.: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released the mug shot of the suspect in the shooting of officer Shay Mikalonis and identified him as 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego.

LVMPD Homicide Detectives said they responded to the scene and located video surveillance of the suspect firing a handgun at the officers as he walked down the street.

Detectives say they tracked Samaniego to a motel located across the street from the shooting, where SWAT Officers responded and took Samaniego into custody.

Samaniego was transported to the Clark County Detention Center and booked on one count of Attempt Murder on a Police Officer and two counts of Unlawful Discharging of a Firearm.

Mugshot of 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego.

2:35 P.M. UPDATE: The police officer who was shot on Monday night has been identified as 29-year-old Shay Mikalonis. Mikalonis is assigned to the Convention Center Command, according to Asst. Sheriff Jones.

Mikalonis is still in grave condition at University Medical Center.

The man killed by police in downtown Las Vegas was identified as 25-year-old Jorge Gomez. Video of Gomez at the protest before the shooting was shown at the press conference.

Police say that Gomez was armed with 2 Glock pistols and a Glock with a carbine conversion kit.

Gomez reportedly ignored commands from police officers to leave the area of the federal building. Police also reportedly fired non-lethal rounds at Gomez before shooting him several times.

During the press conference, it was announced that the Nevada National Guard will be joining local law enforcement during any future protests.

1 P.M. UPDATE: Las Vegas police have announced a press conference at 2:15 p.m. 13 Action News will have a crew at the briefing. According to the notice, the police department will be providing an update on both shootings that happened late Monday night.

The first shooting shortly after 11 p.m. involved a Las Vegas police officer. The officer was shot while interacting with a group of protesters on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Circus Circus hotel-casino.

The 2nd shooting took place in downtown Las Vegas near the Foley Federal Building. During that incident, police shot a man who was reportedly armed and wear body armor.

Check back here for a livestream of the press conference or watch on our mobile app or Facebook.

11 A.M. UPDATE: There is still a police presence at University Medical Center this morning.

13 Action News reporter Kelsey McFarland has been outside the hospital all morning, waiting for news.

At this time, it is believed that the police officer is still alive.

Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said last night that the media could expect another briefing this morning. At this time, a time for that briefing has not been announced.

3:35 A.M. UPDATE: Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo held a press conference at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters early this morning.

Sheriff Lombardo says that the police officer who was shot shortly after 11 p.m. is in extremely critical condition and on life support at University Medical Center.

Lombardo says that police officers were dealing with a large group of protesters near the Circus Circus hotel-casino when a “shot rang out” and the officer went down. Lombardo says that the protesters were throwing rocks and other things at the officers before the officer was shot.

SWAT and K9 responded to the scene and were able to apprehend the suspected shooter.

The second shooting took place in front of the Foley Federal Building near Bridger Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police officers were stationed at the building, protecting it against protesters.

An individual with multiple guns and wearing body armor approached the building and engaged the officers. They opened fire and the armed individual was struck several times. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounced deceased.

Lombardo told members of the press that he did not have any additional information at this time. Another press briefing will be held later today.

ORIGINAL STORY

A Las Vegas police officer was shot late Monday night during the 5th night of Black Lives Matter protests in the Las Vegas valley.

The shooting shortly after 11 p.m. happened on Las Vegas Boulevard near Circus Circus hotel-casino. The officer’s condition is unknown at this time and it is not known if any arrests have been made.

Additionally, Las Vegas police were involved in a shooting near Bridger Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard in the downtown area. The condition of the person who was shot in that incident is also unknown at this time.

13 Action News had 2 crews in the downtown area at the time of the shooting, which happened shortly before 11:30 p.m.

Eyewitnesses told investigative reporter Joe Bartels that police shot a person with a gun after that person began firing at them during the protest in the downtown area.

It is unknown why the police officer was shot near the hotel-casino. Police were in the area because Monday night’s protest began on the Las Vegas Strip before it moved to the downtown area. However, the shooting may or may not be related to the protests.

Protests in response to the death of a Minnesota man named George Floyd began in Las Vegas last Thursday.

Since then, there have been protests each night.

The protests have begun peacefully every night, but usually, tensions begin to rise and incidents begin to happen in the later hours. There have been multiple reports of police using tear gas and arresting protesters who refused to obey orders.

The protests on Thursday and Friday night took place on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip.

Saturday night’s protest centered around the Downtown Container Park.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says they arrested 155 people during Sunday night’s protest on the Las Vegas Strip and surrounding areas, including 148 misdemeanor arrests and 7 felonies.

80 people were arrested on Friday night, including 2 photojournalists.

A local Black Lives Matter group, which has been responsible for organizing some of the protests, have been urging people to protest peacefully.

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