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LVMPD says officers fired five times at man who rushed them in domestic violence incident

Metro says officers fired 5 times at man who rushed them in domestic violence incident. 10/16/17 (KSNV)

A man who was shot by police on Oct. 11 was rushing officers with a BB gun that appeared to be a handgun.

Vaughn Charles Morrill suffered nonlife-threatening injuries when he charged at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers who were helping a woman remove her belongings from his home in the 100 block of Moonlight Drive, near Charleston and Lamb boulevards.

According to Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly, officers were escorting a woman who had been abused by Morrill to retrieve some of her belongings from the house about 7:45 p.m. after a domestic violence incident was reported earlier in the day.

Police said Morrill had committed coercion with force against his girlfriend. Morrill was not present when officers investigated that incident and a report was taken. Information was further provided that Morrill was violent and had made statements that he would “kill a cop if need be."

Morrill was talking to police and making threats through a ring.com device to make it sound as if he was in the house when he actually wasn't there. He made threats against officers and threatened to kill them.

Shortly after 8:32 p.m., Morrill arrived at the residence in his truck and rammed it into the rear end of an unoccupied marked patrol vehicle. Per a witness, Morrill got out of his car and was holding a handgun. He then proceeded to fire it at the parked patrol car. He then walked over to the other parked marked patrol car and kicked the front door and struck the window with the butt of his handgun.

The officers were inside the residence when Morrill damaged the vehicles. As Officer Julien Pappas exited the residence through the front door, he was rushed by Morrill who shouted “Die” and was pointing the handgun at him. Pappas fired five rounds at Morrill, striking him once. Morrill was rendered immediate aid and transported to UMC Trauma. He was last reported in stable condition at UMC.

Pappas fired his gun five times. He is 28 years old and has been with LVMPD since November 2014. He has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the incident.

Kelly briefed the media Monday afternoon at LVMPD headquarters.


SEE BELOW: LVMPD addresses 19th officer-involved shooting of 2017


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