POLICE: DUI suspect pulls gun from bush in desert, fires at police

Police respond to an officer involved shooting on Rainbow Boulevard in the south Las Vegas valley on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018. (Faith Jessie | KSNV)

A DUI suspect was shot and killed after police say he fled into the desert and pulled a gun out of a nearby bush, according to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

The incident, which took place Wednesday Morning in the southwest valley, closed off a portion of S. Rainbow Boulevard between Blue Diamond Road and Mountains Edge Parkway.

The suspect was reportedly involved in a three-car crash at 7:15 a.m. on Rainbow Road, and briefly left the scene to hide a gun in the bush. After officers arrived and asked the suspect to complete field sobriety tests, the man refused and ran into the desert after officers tried to take him into custody.

After grabbing the gun from a bush, police say the suspect fired one round at police before officers returned fire, hitting and killing the suspect.

No officers were injured. Witnesses told detectives that the man hid something in the bush before officers arrived, which police say was the gun he used.

No information about the identity of the suspect has been released.

This is Las Vegas Metropolitan Police's 20th officer-involved shooting so far this year.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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