Two security officers killed at Arizona Charlie's on Decatur; suspect shoots himself

Two security guards were shot and killed at Arizona Charlie's on Decatur about 6:40 a.m. Saturday. (Kyndell Nunley | KSNV)

Two security guards were shot and killed at Arizona Charlie's on Decatur about 6:40 a.m. Saturday.

The suspect was found later at a nearby residence. When surrounded by police officers, he shot himself.

Officers have identified the suspect as 29-year-old Christopher Olague. He was transported to UMC Trauma with a non-survivable wound, and according to the Clark County Coroner, he died on Sunday.

The Clark County Coroner's Office identified the victims as 28-year-old Phillip Archuleta and 50-year-old LaTosha White, both of Las Vegas. Archuleta's cause of death was gunshot wounds of the head and chest, while White's was gunshot wounds of the chest. Both manners of death were ruled homicides.

The shooting is the sixth multiple-fatality event with 14 total deaths in Clark County since Dec. 22.

The unofficial total of 168 homicides (not counting the 58 deaths in the 1 October shootings) ties last year's record. Two of last year's killings were investigated by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for other agencies.

According to an investigation by LVMPD's Homicide Section, a female hotel guest called security and said that two men she had a dispute with had kicked her out of her room. Two security officers

The security guards were shot and killed inside the room. One of the security officers was armed, but she did not draw her weapon.

At a briefing around 10 a.m., police said they did not know a motive for the shooting.

"What I want you to know right now is that this has nothing to do with terrorism. it is an isolated incident," said LVMPD Capt. Robert Plummer.

Hotel guest Deanna Bingerman told News 3 that she had been ordered to leave her fourth-floor room and that police had six rooms blocked off on that floor.

"It's such a tragedy, you know," said Arizona Charlie's customer Jessie Bean. "It's the end to the new year and it's just people are cuckoo."

Golden Entertainment, which owns Arizona Charlie's, issued the following statement Saturday evening:

"On Saturday morning, we lost two of our team members to a senseless act of violence at our Arizona Charlie’s Decatur property. These individuals were security officers dedicated to protecting our guests and other team members.
Through the swift and professional actions of our security and surveillance team, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was able to apprehend the suspect quickly. We are grateful to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for their quick response and efforts to ensure the safety of our guests and team members at Arizona Charlie’s, as well as at all our properties.
We are providing counseling and other resources to team members that need professional support to deal with the impact of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the victims during this difficult time."
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