Police: Las Vegas officer shoots armed man


A 32-year-old man who was shot after pointing an assault rifle at an officer Thursday morning has been arrested, Las Vegas police said.

Juan Solis, also known as Juan Solis-Diaz, was arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting an officer with a weapon.

Spokesman Jacinto Rivera said a patrol officer responded to a disturbance call in the 2800 block of McLeod Drive, near Karen Avenue, about 2:30 a.m.

Upon arrival, the officer stopped a vehicle in the area to determine whether there was a connection between the vehicle and the disturbance, police said.

During the traffic stop, the officer heard "loud screaming" coming from a nearby home, police said. The officer, after determining the traffic stop had nothing to do with the disturbance, told the driver to leave the scene and then took cover behind an SUV parked in the driveway of the home, police said.

Shortly afterward, a garage door to the residence opened and a man with an assault rifle, later identified as Solis, confronted the officer, police said.

Solis refused several commands to drop his weapon and began to raise the gun at the officer. The officer shot Solis, hitting him multiple times, police said. No one else was injured in the incident.

Rivera said it's unclear why Solis confronted police with a weapon.

"Only he knows that," he said.

The reason for the disturbance at the home was not disclosed by police.

Solis was taken to a nearby hospital with injuries not expected to be life threatening, police said.

The officer who fired the shots was placed on paid administrative leave, as is required by department policy. The officer's name will be released within 48 hours.

A next-door neighbor who asked to remain anonymous, said she was watching television in her bedroom when she heard gunshots.

"I heard, 'ping, ping, ping,' and then five or six more shots," said the neighbor, a woman in her 70s who has lived at the home for more than 40 years.

"I said, 'Oh my God, I don't know if I should call police,' but before I knew it all the police were there already," she said.

She only knew her neighbor by his first name, Juan, who had lived next door for several years.

"He was always nice to me," she said. "We never had much of a conversation together, but he was always very nice and polite."

Another neighbor said the gunshots woke him and his wife in the middle of the night.

"I thought it was someone trying to break into my neighbor's house next door," he said.

The man, who also asked to remain anonymous, said he has lived in Las Vegas for many years and recently became disgusted with the crime in the city.

"The town has gone to hell in a handbasket, it seems. I don't know where this stuff starts, but there's too many damn guns out there."

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@review journal.com or 702-383-0283.

 

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