Suspect shot by LVMPD officer near Warm Springs and Eastern

A naked man with a handgun, who threatened suicide at Life Spring Christian Church near Warm Springs and Eastern, was shot in the arm by an LVMPD officer, according to a witness. (Craig Fiegener | KSNV)

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting in the south valley.

According to LVMPD, the shooting was reported around 11 a.m. Saturday in the 2000 block of E. Warm Springs Road near S. Eastern Avenue.

LVMPD has identified the officer involved as 42-year-old Officer Mark Hatten, employed with the LVMPD since January 2007. Hatten is assigned to the Community Policing Division, South Central Area Command, and has has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the incident.

Patrol officers were dispatched to investigate an armed man that was threatening to commit suicide in a church parking lot in the area.

Officers received information that the subject was a naked white man in the parking lot, armed with a handgun.

Arriving officers found the naked man sitting in the parking lot with the handgun. As additional patrol units arrived, officers surrounded the parking lot and tried to speak with the man.

During the incident, the man appeared to listen to officers commands, set the gun down, and moved away from it.

"Officers attempted to make conversation and dialogue with the male, and at some point, he started to comply and listen to the officers' commands, put the firearm down, and then approached the officers," said LVMPD Sgt. Jeff Clark.

However, as officers gave more verbal commands to the suspect, he turned and ran back towards the handgun that was on the ground.

A K9 dog was deployed to assist with taking the man into custody but was ineffective.

One officer fired a round, striking the suspect.

The man was transported to Sunrise Trauma where he is listed in stable condition.

No officers were injured during the incident.

This is the 16th officer-involved shooting of 2017, with the 14th and 15th shootings happening within the last week.

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