Suspect fired pellet gun, shouted ‘die’ before police shot him

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UPDATE: The officer in this incident has been identified as 28-year-old Julien Pappas. Officer Pappas has been with LVMPD since 2014. Pappas is assigned to the Community Policing Division, Northeast Area Command. He has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.


LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) -- A domestic incident turned into a police shooting on Wednesday night, sending one local man to the hospital.

The shooting took place in a neighborhood near Charleston Boulevard and Lamb Boulevard.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the shooting took place around 9:00 p.m. Wednesday while they were escorting a woman to her ex-boyfriend’s apartment on the 100 block of Moonlight Drive.

Police say they had a threatening conversation with that man through a doorbell camera, and they soon realized he wasn't actually home. Police then let the woman inside to get her things.

A short time later, witnesses say the man showed up, rammed his car into the back of two police cruisers, got out of the car and started shooting at the cruisers with a pellet gun.

Police then left the house.

"He suddenly appears with a weapon in his hand,” said LVMPD Captain Kelly McMahill. “He screams the word ‘DIE’ and he charges towards the police officers. One of the officers returned fire, striking the suspect at least once.”

The shot hit the man in the stomach. The man was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries

According to LVMPD's Twitter page, no officers were injured.

This is the 19th LVMPD officer-involved shooting of this year.

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