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Armed naked man shot by Las Vegas police in southeast valley

Updated August 5, 2017 - 4:18 pm

A naked suicidal man with a gun was shot by a Las Vegas police officer Saturday while both were in a southeast valley church parking lot.

Metropolitan Police Department Sgt. Jeff Clark said officers responded at 11:01 a.m. to reports of a naked man who had a handgun and was threatening to kill himself in the parking lot of the Life Springs Christian Church, at 2075 E. Warm Springs Road, near Eastern Avenue.

Police surrounded the parking lot and officers worked to talk with the man, Clark said, adding that the K-9 and air units were called in to help.

Initially, Clark said, the man complied with police requests, putting the weapon on the ground and approaching officers. A police dog released to help take the man into custody, Clark said, was ineffective; the man ran back toward the weapon.

An officer then fired a single round, striking the man, Clark said.

Medical help was requested, and the man was taken to Sunrise Medical Center, where he is in stable condition, Clark said.

No officers were hurt in the incident, police said.

Clark said Metro will provide updates on the case in three days.

Las Vegas Review-Journal records show this is the 16th officer-involved shooting for Metro this year, the second this week and fifth in four weeks.

On Tuesday, a Las Vegas police officer was shot and injured in an exchange of gunfire with a man in a vehicle in the 4100 block of West Tompkins Avenue. The man in the vehicle, whom police had shot, died.

Contact Rachel Hershkovitz at rhershkovitz@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @rzhershkovitz on Twitter. Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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