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Officers unhurt in police shooting in southeast Las Vegas

Updated March 17, 2019 - 3:00 am

A Metropolitan Police Department officer shot an armed robbery suspect in the leg on Saturday night in the southeast valley, the second police shooting in just over 24 hours.

The shooting happened after a masked man robbed an Autozone Auto Parts store, 8010 S. Eastern Ave., at about 9:40 p.m., Capt. Nichole Splinter said. The suspect had taken an entire cash register from the store, she said.

Officers found the man at about 10:20 p.m. near Robindale Road and Fountain Heights Lane, police said. When the officers attempted to take him into custody, the man reached for a gun, which was on a holster on his hip, and one of the officers shot him in the leg.

The man was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, police said.

No one else was injured during the robbery or shooting, she said.

The names of the officer involved in the shooting will be released in 48 hours, and further details about the shooting will be released in 72 hours, per Metro protocol.

On Friday night, a Metro officer fatally shot and killed a man who shot another officer wearing a bulletproof vest in front of the Bellagio, just after 9:45 p.m. The man, who was armed, had stolen an unknown amount of money from a poker cage area, police said.

The man died at University Medical Center, Metro spokesman Aden OcampoGomez said.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter.

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