LVMPD details officer-involved shooting that injured a shovel-wielding woman

LVMPD details officer-involved shooting that injured a shovel-wielding woman

Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman discussed additional details of the May 12, 2018, officer-involved shooting that occurred in front of 3437 Big Sur Drive.

At 10:13 p.m. LVMPD officers were dispatched to a call of a female, later identified as 34-year-old Sommer Richards, threatening residents with a broom and a skillet. Additional information was received that Richards was armed with a shovel and was striking a vehicle.

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Officer Wills arrived on the scene and observed Richards holding a shovel and following two people. Police say Wills positioned himself between the victims and Richards and began issuing verbal commands to drop the shovel. Richards disregarded the officer’s commands and was acting erratically.

During the course of the incident, the victims moved away from Officer Wills. Richards began to advance towards the victims still armed with the shovel. Officer Wills fired several rounds from his duty weapon striking Richards. Another officer arrived on scene an attempted to place a tourniquet on Richards and she bit him as he was attempting to render aid.

Richards was transported to Sunrise Trauma Center, where she is currently in serious but stable condition.

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This is the sixth officer-involved shooting of 2018. The LVMPD Force Investigation Team is currently investigating the officers’ use of force in this incident.

This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at

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