POLICE: Suspect stole Metro patrol car after being shot in the chest twice

5/10/2016 [George Romero/KSNV]

During a news conference with LVMPD on Tuesday, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Jamal Gwynn, 27, was shot and arrested after he stole a metro police cruiser late Friday evening.

Officers say Gwynn has a criminal history which includes, drug charges, weapons charges, and charges of domestic violence.

According to police, the altercation with Gwynn began as a robbery call from a woman on the 1400 block of Bow Creek Court near North Buffalo Drive and Beach Bay Avenue. The woman told police that a man had robbed her and her children at gunpoint and stole her vehicle while she was parked inside of her garage.

Officer Patrick Sherwood with the traffic department identified the stolen car on the 1100 block of North Buffalo Drive, which was outfitted with an OnStar system, and confronted Gwynn. OnStar was able to remotely shut off the vehicle at that time. Officer Sherwood then noticed that Gwynn was armed as he stepped out of the vehicle. Police say Gwynn did not comply with verbal commands and eventually ran from the scene.

Police say after chasing Gwynn through the apartment complex at that location, Gwynn tripped and Officer Sherwood attempted to take him into custody. When Gwynn ran for the second time, he ran back to the LVMPD patrol car and managed to get into the drivers side of the car where he attempted to remove the shotgun inside of the police vehicle. After giving multiple verbal commands, Officer Sherwood fired four shots into the diver's side window.

Despite being shot in the chest twice, Gwynn managed to put the car into reverse and then accelerated directly at the officer, narrowly missing Officer Sherwood as he crashed through the gates of the apartment complex to make a getaway. Officer Sherwood fired three more rounds in the direction of the patrol car. Officers caught up with Gwynn shortly after he lost control of the vehicle about a mile and a half from the scene of the shooting on Durango Drive south of Washington Avenue.

He was taken into custody and sent to UMC Hospital where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Officers say neither bullet pierced his chest cavity and a third bullet wound on his left shoulder was the result of a bullet graze.

Gwynn is charged with two counts of grand larceny, robbery with a deadly weapon, attempted murder of a peace officer, felony injury to property, and felony injury or tampering with a vehicle.

According to Metro, this is the sixth officer-involved shooting in 2016.

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