A young man fatally shot by a store employee Wednesday during a robbery attempt at a northwest valley pawnshop had several run-ins with local law enforcement, police officials said Thursday.
The Clark County coroner’s office identified the dead man as Jhalon Glass, 18. He died from gunshot wounds to his head and chest.
Las Vegas police accuse Glass of trying to rob the pawnshop before drawing a store employee into a shootout while others were in the store.
Police declined to release Glass’ photo, citing the ongoing investigation.
Police officials from two local agencies said Glass had a criminal history as an adult for crimes including burglary, robbery, possession of a firearm and marijuana possession.
Las Vegas police said Glass entered the Cash America SuperPawn Store at 7095 N. Durango Road, near the Las Vegas Beltway, about 9:30 a.m. “with the apparent intent to commit a robbery.”
Inside the store, he was met by a pawnshop employee, who also was armed, and they exchanged gunfire.
No one else was injured.
In the hours after the shooting Wednesday, pawnshop employees gathered outside, talking with police. All employees declined immediate comment.
Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said there were at least two other people in the store during the shootout other than Glass and the store employee.
A SuperPawn corporate spokesman wrote in an email:
“At SuperPawn, our first concern is for the safety of our customers and co-workers. Currently, we are fully cooperating with authorities to sort through the details of this unfortunate incident.”
Steiber said the investigation is ongoing. He added he does not anticipate recommending any charges against the pawnshop employee. The employee’s name was not released.
Steiber said Glass had a criminal history in Clark County as an adult for robbery and burglary.
Jacinto Rivera, a Las Vegas police spokesman, said specifics regarding Glass’ arrests couldn’t be released because of the ongoing investigation.
Sgt. Tim Bedwell, a spokesman for North Las Vegas police, said Glass was arrested in November on the recommended charges of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of marijuana.
According to Clark County School District spokesman Michael Rodriguez, Glass was a 12th-grade student.
He attended Legacy High School and Spring Valley High School in the fall of 2010.
Those were the last records of Glass at a comprehensive school, Rodriguez said.
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