Las Vegas officer who fired gun identified

A 27-year-old officer who fired his gun at an armed man Sunday at a northwest valley apartment complex was identified Tuesday as Michael Carral, Las Vegas police said.

Carral, a patrol officer in the Northwest Area Command, was hired by the department in March 2008.

Police said the shooting occurred at 1:21 p.m. at the Grand Canyon Village Apartments, 8250 N. Grand Canyon Drive, near Horse Drive.

Officers responded to a "violent domestic disturbance" between a man and a woman. When Carral entered a residence, he was confronted by 37-year-old Marcus Bolden, who was armed with a gun, police said.

Carral gave Bolden multiple commands to drop the weapon, but Bolden failed to comply, police said.

Carral fired one round but missed.

Bolden was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on the recommended charges of felony battery and domestic violence by strangulation.

Carral has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

According to Bolden's arrest report, a witness, described as a neighbor, saw Bolden choking his wife of 13 years outside their apartment. Bolden and his wife then went into the apartment, and the neighbor heard a lot of yelling, the report said.

Bolden's wife, however, told police there had been no physical contact between her and Bolden. She did not have any physical marks and did not want medical attention, the report said. Bolden also did not have any physical marks.

Police said Bolden was arrested because the neighbor saw Bolden's left hand around his wife's throat "in an act she believed was strangulation," the report said.

The neighbor said Bolden's wife was not able to break away from the struggle with her husband.

Contact reporter Antonio Planas at or 702-383-4638.