Suspect shot and killed by Metro officer at Jean casino

A man has died after being shot by a Metro officer this morning near a casino in Jean.

The man was identified as 50-year-old Paul Carr Palmer of Sedona, Ariz. His official cause of death was a gunshot wound of the right chest and the manner was ruled a homicide.

The incident occurred just before 9:40 a.m. at the Gold Strike Hotel & Gambling Hall, according to a Metro news release.

Metro’s dispatch center received multiple reports of a nude adult male in the pool area. Two hotel employees first encountered the male who began chasing them while holding a knife.

An arriving Metro officer encountered the suspect, still armed with the knife, in the southeast parking lot. The lone officer gave numerous verbal commands to which the suspect did not comply. The officer deployed his low-lethal shot gun, which was ineffective.

The suspect then charged toward the officer, causing him to fire his handgun; the suspect was struck multiple times. Members of the Clark County Fire Department were present and immediately rendered medical aid after the shooting; however, the suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This is the second officer-involved shooting for 2017. Per Metro policy, the identity of the officer involved will be released after 48 hours.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact Metro’s Force Investigation Section at (702) 828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555, or text CRIMENV plus tip information to 274637 (CRIMES). Message and data rates may apply. Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.

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