Man shot, wounded by Las Vegas police ID'd

A man shot and critically wounded by police officers Sunday afternoon was identified by police Monday as 27-year-old Dennis Lovelady.

Police were called to an apartment at 9501 W. Sahara Ave., near Fort Apache Road, over a domestic dispute involving Lovelady, his wife and his wife's ex-husband. The ex-husband had been invited to the home, police said.

"She was moving out, and he had come over to help her move out of the apartment, and that's pretty much what started all this," Capt. Patrick Neville said Sunday.

Officers arrived about 4:15 p.m. to the apartment after the wife reported that Lovelady had shot her ex-husband after an altercation, police said.

Officers found Lovelady and the ex-husband inside the apartment. Police said Lovelady pointed a gun at the officers, and two officers fired, striking him. He was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

The ex-husband, who had been shot in the leg, also was taken to UMC and was reported to be in stable condition.

About an hour before the shooting, officers responded to another 911 call from Lovelady's apartment. The father of his wife told police he was picking up his grandchildren from the home when he saw Lovelady had a firearm, police said.

Officers responded and determined a crime had not been committed. The gun was legally registered to Lovelady.

The officers who later shot Lovelady were placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. They were not identified.

The incident was the 18th officer-involved shooting for the Metropolitan Police Department this year and the third in eight days. The department averages 20 officer-involved shootings each year.

Two such shootings that dominated local news coverage last week prompted Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie to hold a news conference Friday urging patience from the public while the department investigates.

Erik Scott, a 38-year-old graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, was shot July 10 while leaving a Summerlin Costco after store workers called 911 and reported Scott had a gun.

Jason Vanbuskirk, 27, was shot and critically wounded Thursday after police said he fired at officers responding to a domestic violence call in the northwest valley. His ex-girlfriend had called 911 and said he was outside her home with a gun.

"I hear your concern," Gillespie said. "Clearly everyone wants answers in these cases, including me. What I ask for is patience and trust."

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at or 702-383-0283.