“The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department on Monday released body cam footage depicting a fatal shootout last week between an officer and murder suspects as they exchanged gunfire while driving … along a street near downtown.” So reports the San Jose Mercury News.
The chase and rolling gunfight happened on July 11 after the two suspects in the Ford Expedition were wanted for shooting and killing another man earlier that morning.
The incident began at about 7:24 a.m. when officers responded to a car wash to reports that a male victim had been shot several times, Kelly said. The shooting victim was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries at 10:12 a.m.
At about 9:31 a.m., the Expedition was located at Constantine Avenue and Cooper Circle, northeast of the strip. Officers began their pursuit.
The standards for chasing and opening fire on a fleeing vehicle vary from state to state and jurisdiction to jurisdiction. We talked to a police officer in a large southeastern state who tells us that officers in the northern, more rural part of the state are trained to pursue and open fire if, in their judgement, the suspects pose an imminent threat to other citizens.
He then told us that cops in the southern, more urban, densely populated part of the state are told not to engage in high speed chases as the danger to other cars and pedestrians is considered too great.
During a news conference posted to the police department’s social media sites on Monday, Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly identified the officer behind the wheel who fired 31 rounds at the suspects while maintaining a pursuit as William Umana, a 17-year veteran with the department.