A Las Vegas police officer shot a juvenile Friday night in the east valley, the Metropolitan Police Department said.
The shooting occurred about 10 p.m. in the 4500 block of Lindale Avenue.
Metro Capt. Nichole Splinter said two officers on foot patrol saw two juvenile males and tried to stop them. Police did not say the reason for the stop.
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Police said the two took off running in opposite directions. During a foot chase, an officer said they saw a firearm in the juvenile’s right hand, and the officer said the juvenile ignored police commands to drop the weapon as he ran through a residential area, Splinter said.
According to a statement from Metro sent early Saturday, the juvenile “ran towards a citizen while holding the firearm,” at which point an officer shot at him multiple times, striking the juvenile.
It was unclear Saturday how many times the juvenile was shot.
He was driven to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and treated for his injuries, which Splinter described as “nonlife-threatening.”
Splinter said the shooting occurred near a yard where at least one other person was standing.
Police did not catch the other suspect and were still looking for him as of 1 a.m. Saturday, Splinter said.
No officers were injured, police said.
Friday marked the fourth police shooting this year involving Metro officers, non of which have been fatal, according to records maintained by the Review-Journal. The name of the officer who shot the juvenile will be released within 48 hours o the shooting, and further information should be released within 72 hours, per department policy.