Man armed with hammer and ax killed by LVMPD officer was mentally ill
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
The suspect armed with a pickax and hammer who was shot and killed by a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer over the weekend was mentally ill, police said.
Police released body camera video from two different officers who responded to reports of a man attacking a security guard with a shovel in a gated community near Nellis Boulevard and Carey Avenue on Saturday night.
The video shows Steven Price, 62, yelling at officers from an upstairs window when they arrived at his home just after 11 p.m. on Saturday.
Moments later, the video shows Price outside and armed with a pickax in one hand and a shingle hammer in the other.
“I saw the screaming … cops saying ‘stop it’ and then I heard the shots,” said Tania Alfonso, who lives a few doors down.
Officers told Price to drop his weapons. When he didn’t comply, the first officer shot two bean bag rounds at Price.
Police say Price then threw the ax and hammer at the officers as Officer Matthew Terry fired 13 rounds from his handgun. Nine rounds hit Price and one was lethal.
"Our officers are trained to exhaust all options before resorting to the use of deadly force. In this incident, our officer attempted to stop this armed suspect with a low lethal option and as you saw in the video that low lethal option had no effect on Price," said Undersheriff Kevin McMahill.
Police said that Price was diagnosed with a mental illness and was flagged in their system for previously making threats to police officers.
This is the fifth officer-involved shooting in Clark County this year and the second fatal one.
Officer Terry is currently on paid administrative leave.