Las Vegas officer involved in shooting at Rio identified

The police officer who fired at a man during a shootout between gang members in the Rio parking garage Sunday was identified on Tuesday.

Officer Ray Steiber III, 25, a 5½-year veteran of the Metropolitan Police Department, fired several rounds at a man running toward him during the brazen
4 a.m. shootout on the fourth floor of the casino’s parking garage.

Steiber is the son of homicide Lt. Ray Steiber, who typically oversees investigations of officer-involved shootings.

Sgt. John Sheahan said Lt. Steiber learned his son was the officer involved while en route to the scene and immediately called his supervisors to recuse himself from the investigation.

Capt. Patrick Neville, who oversees the robbery/homicide bureau, was notified and took over the scene.

Lt. Steiber went to join his son, who was uninjured.

“Just as any dad would faced with similar circumstances,” Sheahan said.

Lt. Steiber did not interact with investigating officers and will not join in briefings about the shooting, Sheahan said.

Officer Steiber, who is assigned to the Downtown Area Command, was working overtime at the Crown Theater, a Rio nightclub known for Saturday hip-hop shows.

Six officers and a sergeant had been working at the resort just west of the Strip when gunshots rang out in the parking garage. On Tuesday, Crown announced the club would be closed on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for a minimum of 30 days as police investigate.

Three people were injured, and more than 30 shots were fired, during the shootout, but no one was fatally injured.

Officer Steiber fired at a 22-year-old North Las Vegas man, but police did not know whether the man was injured by Steiber’s bullets or during the earlier gunfire. The man was not armed.

Two others were shot outside University Medical Center when three men approached a group of 30 to 40 people who had gathered outside UMC’s trauma center in support of the injured men.

The suspects began firing into the crowd, wounding two people. Both were expected to survive.

Police sources on Monday said the Wood gang was involved in the shooting.

The Wood gang is a notoriously violent organization whose members were accused in the fatal shooting of off-duty Las Vegas police officer Trevor Nettleton in 2009.

The Crown Theater is a known hangout for members of the Wood gang, and officers routinely worked overtime at the club because of the propensity for violence.

No arrests had been announced as of Tuesday afternoon.

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

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