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Officer shoots woman armed with shovel in east Las Vegas

Updated May 13, 2018 - 3:27 pm

An officer shot a woman who was armed with a shovel and threatening neighbors Saturday night in an east valley neighborhood, Las Vegas police said.

The shooting occurred about 10:15 p.m. on the 3400 block of Big Sur Drive, near Nellis Boulevard and Desert Inn Road, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Peter Kisfalvi said.

Metro had responded to a disturbance call about a woman armed with a shovel, said Capt. Jamie Prosser of Metro’s Office of Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing.

Police found the woman in the street armed with a shovel and “acting erratically,” Prosser said. The woman was chasing neighbors and a security guard, a Metro release later said, adding that an officer got between the woman and the others.

“(An officer) gave her commands to put the shovel down, at which point she turned and advanced toward a citizen who was standing nearby,” Prosser said.

The officer fired multiple times and shot the woman, who was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Prosser said. She was in serious condition.

No one else was injured.

The identity of the officer will be released after 48 hours and further information will be provided within 72 hours, per Metro policy.

This marks Metro’s sixth police shooting this year.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter.

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