Las Vegas protest rolling updates: Officer in critical condition after shot by a protester

This is a breaking news story and will be updated. 

Update: 3:49 a.m.

A Las Vegas Metro officer is in critical condition after a protester shot him Monday night, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said early Tuesday. 

Lombardo said officers were attempting to clear protesters from Las Vegas Boulevard near Circus Circus when the officer was shot sometime before midnight.

The officer is currently on life support at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. 

A suspect in the shooting was arrested about 2:30 a.m.

What we know: Las Vegas protests turned violent Monday — Two shot, including officer

The second shooting on Monday night involved an armed man wearing body armor.

Lombardo said police and federal agents guarding a federal building in downtown Las Vegas shot the man when he reached for his firearm at 11:22 p.m.

Lombardo said the man was an open-carry individual and was seen walking among protesters as the demonstration was dying down before the shooting. 

“What has occurred is utterly unacceptable,” Lombardo said before ending the brief press conference. 

Update 3:30 a.m.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo will address “two critical incidents” that followed the protests in downtown Las Vegas Monday. 

Lombardo is expected to speak at 3:35 a.m. The Reno Gazette Journal will carry live video. 

Update: earlier Tuesday morning

Two people, including a police officer, were shot near the Las Vegas Strip on Monday night following a protest in memory of the death of George Floyd. 

The separate shootings took place about 2 miles apart from each other on the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard. The status of the victims are unknown. 

Witnesses say the man who was shot by police was carrying a weapon and opened fire first. Witnesses say the man was a protester, but authorities haven’t confirmed it yet.

The man’s status is unknown and was last seen by a reporter being tended to by medical personnel. 

A Snap shared with the Reno Gazette Journal by a witness shows the moment of the shooting.

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Warning: this video contains graphic content. The video was provided to the Reno Gazette Journal by a witness. Reno Gazette Journal

Police have blocked off the Las Vegas Strip from The Strat — the towering resort on South Las Vegas Boulevard — to Caesars Palace. 

A press conference is expected later this morning. 

A map of the approximate locations of the shootings

UPDATES

1:21 a.m. Tuesday: 

Gov. Steve Sisolak tweet the following: 

“My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation.”

12:30 a.m. Tuesday:

The Las Vegas Metro confirmed the two shootings in a press release sent early Tuesday morning. 

Police said the shootings are a police shooting on the 300 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard and an officer shot in the 2800 Block of South Las Vegas Boulevard. 

12 a.m. Tuesday

The CBS affiliate in Las Vegas is reporting a police officer was shot and killed Monday night. 8NewsNow.com cited sources inside the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. 

Police have blocked off the Las Vegas Strip from The Strat — the towering resort at the southern end of Las Vegas Boulevard — to Caesar’s Palace. 

11:44 p.m.

At the tail end of Monday’s protest in downtown Las Vegas, a man was shot by police after witnesses say he opened fire first.

Witnesses say the man was a protester, but authorities haven’t confirmed it yet. The man’s status is unknown but could be seen being tended to by medical personnel. 

A Snap shared with the Reno Gazette Journal by a witness shows the moment of the shooting.

11:12 p.m.

Las Vegas police have engaged the crowd with pepper bullets at Fremont and Las Vegas Boulevard.

The tear gas smoke is in the air. The man next to our reporter got pepper-sprayed.

“I can’t breath,” he’s saying. “I can’t breathe.”

10:35 p.m. update: 

After a short speech, a man leading this part of the protest has thanked everyone for coming and told everyone to go home.

People are dispersing. Police are leavin

Las Vegas police rolled up a couple minutes ago to watch the protesters leave. This has been the most peaceful night of the last four nights.

10:24 p.m. update

Protesters flooded the streets of downtown Las Vegas on Monday as they demonstrated against the killing of George Floyd for the fourth straight night.

The demonstration started at Trump Tower on the Las Vegas Strip with a several dozen people and eventually grew into a sea of people as it reached the city’s downtown core three hours later. 

Police, meanwhile, followed along in vehicles, eventually meeting protesters on foot in downtown, some forming a line with face shields down.

Protesters chanted Floyd’s name as more police arrived before 10:30 p.m.

9:51 p.m. update:

Police in gas masks lined the streets as thousands of protesters swarmed along Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas. 

Protesters are spraying graffiti as the crowd moves. Demonstrators are blowing off Roman candles and aerial shells — the kind you see on the Fourth of July. Police are preparing, pulling gas masks over their faces and loading pepper rounds. Above it all, chanting: “George Floyd! George Floyd!”

8:51 p.m. update:

Several hundred protesters marched from in front of the Trump Hotel in the Las Vegas Strip, along the still-shuttered casinos toward the courthouse Monday evening in a Black Lives Matter rally.

The gathering has been peaceful, and accompanied by a heavy police presence.

Original article:

LAS VEGAS – Demonstrators are expected to protest in front of Trump Tower, marking the fourth day of Black Lives Matter rallies in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

In Las Vegas, SWAT units were deployed late Sunday and police in riot gear fired non-lethal projectiles at protesters fleeing clouds of stinging pepper gas.

The scene ended a night of protests ignited by video of Floyd, a black man, pleading that he couldn’t breathe before he stopped moving with a white police officer pressing his knee into his neck for several minutes.

Marches in Las Vegas came amid demonstrations in dozens of other cities around the country.

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A demonstration Sunday near a shopping and entertainment center in suburban Las Vegas ended peacefully about the same time a wave of helmeted police officers advanced to clear people from the south end of the resort-lined Las Vegas Strip.

During one pause in the advance, several officers took a knee on Las Vegas Boulevard — drawing cheers from protesters, including some who also knelt.

The RGJ will update this story as the demonstration unfolds…

Contributing: Associated Press.

Ed Komenda writes about Las Vegas for the Reno Gazette Journal and USA Today Network. Do you care about democracy? Then support local journalism by subscribing to the Reno Gazette Journal right here

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