The North Las Vegas police officer who was involved in a weekend robbery-turned-shooting in North Las Vegas was identified Thursday.
Officer Brian Krieger, a six-year veteran of the North Las Vegas Police Department, was chasing two men who robbed a Family Express convenience store about 3:30 a.m. Saturday, near Ann Road and Clayton Street.
The two thieves were suspected of robbing four stores prior to the Family Express and were armed with a handgun and a shotgun, police said.
Police spotted the men as they fled in a car and tried to stop them in the 1900 block of Tropical Parkway. The men got out of the vehicle and ran. A third person drove away with the car, police said.
Krieger, 35, had no backup and could only chase one of the men, who was later identified as 21-year-old Clarence Lasale Rose Jr., said North Las Vegas Police Sgt. Chrissie Coon.
Krieger followed Rose on foot through residential backyards and, knowing Rose was armed with a shotgun, fired his weapon at Rose, Coon said.
Because the officer was by himself and knew that the two robbers had pistol-whipped a store clerk and fired one round in a convenience store, “this was not a normal foot pursuit,” Coon said, calling the chase a “high-risk” situation.
Rose was taken to University Medical Center and was moved Saturday night to the Las Vegas Detention Center. He faces multiple theft charges including robbery with a deadly weapon. He is being held on $140,000 bail, police said.
Krieger is on paid administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.
Police are still looking for the second man they say robbed the store and the driver of the vehicle.
On Thursday police released a video they are hoping might help identify the second robber. Police describe the man as Hispanic or black and about 5-feet-10-inches tall and about 165 pounds, police said. He wore a green shirt and long black shorts and carried a handgun.
The robbery spree was described as violent since the robbers held people at gunpoint. In one instance one of the men shot a round into the ceiling at one of the stores. In another store, a cashier was hit in the head with a gun, police said.
Anyone with information is urged to call police at 702-633-9111 or contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 and www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
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