The Regional Transportation Commission security officer involved in a deadly shooting Thursday in downtown Las Vegas will not face charges, police said.
Las Vegas police officers responded about 2 p.m. to Casino Center Boulevard and Fremont Street and found a man suffering from a gunshot wound to the chest, Metropolitan Police Department homicide Lt. Ray Spencer said at a briefing at the scene Thursday afternoon. The man was taken to University Medical Center, where he died.
The Clark County coroner’s office on Friday identified the man as 40-year-old Allen Santos Meredith. His death was ruled a homicide, the coroner’s office said.
Spencer said the security officer, a contract worker with the RTC who is in his late 40s, was cooperative.
Although he won’t be charged, Metro will submit the case to the Clark County district attorney for review, “as we do in all self-defense-related deaths,” he said.
Spencer said Thursday that the shooting happened after a physical fight between Meredith and the security officer, who was not identified, at a bus stop outside Binion’s on Casino Center.
He said police were unsure what led to the fight.
“The initial statement that I did receive was that there was a struggle over the security officer’s firearm,” he said.
According to police, Meredith was “a local transient.”
The coroner’s office did not have a city or state listed as Meredith’s residence.
Meredith’s death was the third homicide investigated by Metro in 2019 and the fifth in Clark County, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal records.