Police say Fremont shooting a self-defense situation; victim identified

1 dead after downtown Las Vegas shooting involving security officer

3:42 P.M. FRIDAY UPDATE | The victim has been identified as 40-year-old Allen Meredith. No city of residence has been determined, said the Clark County coroner. Meredith died of a single gunshot wound to his chest and the death was ruled a homicide.

Police said they believe the shooting was the result of self-defense and did not expect any charges to be filed.

ORIGINAL | One person has died after a being shot by a security officer in downtown Las Vegas Thursday afternoon, according to police.

Officers responded to west end of the Fremont Street Experience around 2 p.m. on a report of shots fired, Officer Aden OcampoGomez said.

The security guard reportedly was patrolling the area near a bus stop outside of Binions on Casino Center Boulevard. The guard became involved in a physical altercation with an unarmed man at a bus stop. Early reports indicate that there was a struggle over the guard's firearm before the officer fired one shot at the man, killing him.

The man, who was in his early 40s, was taken to UMC and later died, according to OcampoGomez.

Officers have pulled surveillance video from nearby businesses to try to determine what has happened.

Fremont Street Experience has sent out the following statement:

"The safety and security of our guests and employees are always top priorities for Fremont Street Experience and our resort partners. We are grateful to the quick actions of law enforcement in their response to the incident which occurred near Casino Center Boulevard this afternoon, and we extend our deepest sympathy to the friends and family of the victim. At this time, the suspect is in custody and we will continue working in full cooperation with law enforcement’s investigation."

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

close video ad
Unmutetoggle ad audio on off