Metro: Suspect killed at Jean casino had several self-inflicted knife wounds
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The knife-wielding suspect who was shot and killed by a Metro officer at a Jean casino on Saturday had several self-inflicted stabbing wounds.
That was some of the information shared by Undersheriff Kevin McMahill during a news conference this morning at Metro headquarters.
Paul Carr Palmer, 50, of Sedona, Ariz., was naked and only wearing a pair of socks, armed with a knife and had charged at two security guards of the Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall when Metro was summoned.
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Officer Peter Bicsanszky, 42, gave numerous verbal commands to which Palmer did not comply. Bicsanszky deployed his low-lethal shotgun, which was ineffective.
Palmer, according to Metro, then charged toward Bicsanszky, causing him to fire his handgun; the suspect was struck multiple times. Despite the quick response from Clark County Fire Department who were already at the casino, Palmer died at the scene.
"We believe he's a transient living out of his vehicle," McMahill said.
Cell phone video captured by a hotel guest at the Gold Strike shows the moments that unfolded before the shooting.
"There's someone outside with a knife. He's naked," the woman in the cell phone video is heard saying. "Oh my God, he's chasing them!"
McMahill says while investigators will never know for sure, it's possible this was suicide by cop.
"It's really interesting. He covers a lot of ground as he runs towards the officer," McMahill said. "Almost immediately he sprints to the officer and intends to have a confrontation."
Bicsanszky, assigned to Metro’s Community Policing Division, Enterprise Area Command, has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.