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Man shot by Las Vegas police after knife attacks in critical condition

Updated August 27, 2018 - 7:07 pm

The man shot three times by Las Vegas police last week after authorities said he stabbed two women is alive, the Metropolitan Police Department said Monday.

Police released additional information Monday about the west valley shooting.

Caleb Rydlin Hill, 38, stabbed two women, one inside a Regional Transportation Commission bus and another on a sidewalk, near Spring Mountain Road and Rainbow Boulevard about 12:50 p.m. Friday, Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said. He said that the stabbings were random and that Hill had not been in an altercation with either woman.

The man walked away from officers and didn’t respond to commands to drop a kitchen knife with a 3-inch blade, Kelly said. Officer Keith Hannof shot Hill near a bus stop occupied by two people at 3553 S. Rainbow Blvd., Kelly said. Prior to the shooting, officer Beaumont Hopson shot him five times with a low-lethality beanbag shotgun. That was considered use of deadly force because Hopson was within 5 yards of Hill.

Hannof tried using a stun gun on Hill, but the gun’s prongs hit Hill’s backpack. Hill was taken to University Medical Center, where he was in “critical but stable” condition Monday, Kelly said.

The two women, both stabbed multiple times, were treated and released from the county hospital Friday, he said.

Hannof and Hopson were wearing body cameras during the shooting.

Police are trained to stay at least 21 feet from people with knives, a reason Hopson and Hannof didn’t try to disarm Hill, Kelly said.

“The officers did everything they could to stop this from getting to the point that it got to,” he said.

Hill faces two counts of attempted murder and and one count of resisting an officer with a weapon.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter. Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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