Police kill man wielding knife


A 45-year-old man was shot and killed Saturday night by a Las Vegas officer after wielding a knife and refusing to obey commands, police said Monday.

The incident began about 11:30 p.m. when patrol officers responded to an apartment complex in the 5800 block of Bromley Avenue after reports that "a man with a knife" had stabbed several people, officer Marcus Martin said

When officers arrived, they found Brian Shelton holding a knife and sitting on a block wall, police said.

Officers ordered Shelton to drop the knife, but he refused and "aggressively approached" them with the weapon, prompting one officer to fire three times, Las Vegas police said.

Shelton was taken to University Medical Center, where he died.

Police did not find stabbing victims at the complex near Jones Boulevard and Washington Avenue, Martin said.

The police weren't sure if the stabbing report had been made up by Shelton or if victims were seeking medical attention, he said.

 

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