weather icon Clear

Gunshot death of fleeing suspect under investigation by Las Vegas police

Las Vegas police are investigating the death of a suspect whose gun went off, shooting him in the head, as he ran from officers Friday night outside a southeast valley strip mall.

Plainclothes officers initially responded to strip mall in the 3000 block of East Tropicana Avenue for suspicious, possibly drug-related activity involving three people near a Dollar Tree store. When officers confronted the men, one surrendered, another drove off in a car and a third person pulled out a gun and ran, police said.

As he was running, the gun went off, shooting the man in the head and killing him, police said.

Police were investigating it as a suicide, but it was unclear whether the gunshot was intentional.

The person who drove off was not in custody as of Friday night, police said.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
1 hurt in central Las Vegas shooting, police say

Police are investigating after someone was shot while walking near a central Las Vegas Valley intersection. Two men walked up and fired, and they escaped in a red, four-door sedan.

Thousands seek compensation tied to Las Vegas shooting, MGM says

In a lawsuit against an insurance company, MGM Resorts International said more than 4,000 people are seeking compensation for claims related to the shooting. MGM is disputing any liability, and is “vigorously defending itself in all of the cases,” it said in the lawsuit.