Wounded officer's condition upgraded to serious

The condition of a Las Vegas police officer who was shot last week on duty has been upgraded to serious, a University Medical Center official said Thursday.

Michael Madland was shot twice on March 23 while chasing an auto theft suspect near Washington Avenue and Rainbow Boulevard.

Madland, a three-year veteran with the department, was shot in the leg, severing an artery. He was shot in the chest too, but the bullet never pierced his protective vest, police said.

Sheriff Doug Gillespie said Madland was fighting for his life after the shooting.

Madland's partner, Christopher LeBlanc, fatally shot 26-year-old suspect Damon Beal. The gunfight ended in a resident's backyard on Dolores Drive.

LeBlanc has been placed on paid administrative leave. A Clark County coroner's inquest to determine whether LeBlanc's actions were justified, excusable or criminal has not been scheduled.

Officers had spotted a stolen Mercedes-Benz near Rainbow and Charleston Boulevard and gave chase, and the car crashed into a wall.

Beal and another suspect, 45-year-old Marvin Wilson, ran away, police said. Wilson was caught and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon in the case.

On Monday, a Las Vegas justice of the peace dropped a possession of a stolen vehicle charge against Wilson after prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to support it.

Las Vegas police think Beal and Wilson also were involved in the armed robbery of a 7-Eleven in November.

Wilson faces an additional charge of robbery with a deadly weapon in connection with the Nov. 23 convenience store robbery on Charleston Boulevard, near Decatur Boulevard.

According to his arrest report, Wilson, with Beal and a third unidentified man, entered the 7-Eleven at 12:21 a.m.

Authorities allege Wilson had his hand in the pocket of a jacket, as if he was pointing something at a store clerk. The store clerk feared for his life, the report said.

Wilson, Beal and the third man took beer and condoms from the store and fled in a vehicle that later was found to be stolen, according to the report.

The report said Wilson went back to the store two days later and made a purchase. The clerk recognized him as the same man who robbed the store and wrote down the license plate of the car Wilson was using, the report said.

Police tracked down the owner of the car and found it was registered to Wilson's wife, the report said.

Wilson remains in custody at the Clark County Detention Center.

He is charged also with petit larceny. Authorities allege that in May, Wilson stole cash from the Romantix Adult Book Store on Industrial Road .