Police briefing details officer-involved shooting at Excalibur

A Las Vegas police briefing Friday afternoon detailed the officer-involved shooting at the Excalibur earlier this week.

Officer Bernard Plaskett was off-duty with his wife and son Sunday night when Saul Villegas, 27, entered Plaskett’s private vehicle that was parked in a loading zone, according to Clark County Undersheriff Jim Dixon.

When Patience Plaskett noticed Villegas in the car and told him to get out, Villegas said he was taking the car and she should get in and “go for a ride,” according to the arrest report.

Patience told her husband, who was dropping off packages to family members at the hotel, and said she believed Villegas was armed, the report stated.

Plaskett retrieved his duty weapon from the center console of the car, where he had placed it earlier, while pretending to turn off the ignition. He told Villegas to exit the vehicle, identifying himself as a police officer, Dixon said.

Villegas did not comply, and Plaskett fired once, hitting Villegas in the wrist.

“It’s very unusual” for an off-duty officer to be involved in a shooting, Dixon said. “It doesn’t happen too often … We treat it just as any other officer-involved shooting.”

Villegas, who was described as having “diminished capacity” in his arrest report, was arrested Wednesday and faces charges of attempted grand larceny of a motor vehicle and auto burglary.

Contact Rochel Leah Goldblatt at rgoldblatt@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381.


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