Officer shoots, wounds teen after traffic stop

A Las Vegas police officer shot and wounded a 17-year-old driver after he backed into the officer's motorcycle during a routine traffic stop in the southwest valley Monday afternoon, a department official said.

Capt. Patrick Neville said the suspect, who was not identified, was in stable condition at University Medical Center.

The officer, who was injured when his patrol motorcycle was dragged about 50 feet, was also taken to UMC. His injuries were not life threatening.

"It was a pretty good jolt to the ground," Neville said of what led to the officer's injuries.

He said the incident began about 1:07 p.m. when the teenager was pulled over for speeding near Russell Road and Tenaya Way. Neville said that as the officer was getting off the motorcycle, the driver backed into the motorcycle. Shortly afterward, the officer managed to fire at least one round, but possibly two, at the suspect.

Neville said it was later learned that the Nissan Titan pickup the suspect was driving was reported stolen earlier this month. Neville said it's believed that the officer did not know the pickup was stolen prior to the traffic stop.

After the officer fired, the teenager drove away northbound on Tenaya. Police who responded to the scene found the vehicle nearby on a residential street. The suspect was not in the pickup, but officers located a trail of blood.

Police eventually arrested the teenager behind a bank in the 5500 block of South Rainbow Boulevard, less than a mile from where the shooting occurred.

The name of the officer who fired his weapon will be released 48 hours after the incident, according to department policy.

As of Monday afternoon, police were looking for witnesses in the shooting.

Anyone who saw the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or the Metropolitan Police Department Homicide Section at 828-3521.

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