IN BRIEF

NEAR NELLIS AIR BASE

Police: Man shot Friday had ‘extensive history’

Las Vegas police said the man shot and wounded by officers late Friday had an “extensive arrest history” with the department, although they did not provide details.

The Las Vegas man, 36-year-old Michael Gibbs, was shot in a mobile home park at 3825 N. Nellis Blvd., next to Nellis Air Force Base, about 8 p.m.

Police said they received reports that a man was wielding a gun.

When officers arrived and approached the man, police said he pulled a large object from underneath his shirt. Later it was determined to be a Bowie-type knife.

Officer Barbara Morgan, a police spokeswoman, said Saturday that she was unable to list Gibbs’ criminal history with the department.

Gibbs was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon at University Medical Center. Hospital officials said they weren’t permitted to release updated condition information about the man.

According to police, officers tried to talk to Gibbs before he reached for his weapon. They then fired at Gibbs, hitting him several times.

Gibbs was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and felony resisting arrest, police said.

The incident was the department’s 11th shooting involving an officer this year.

VICTIM THOUGHT TO BE HOMELESS

Man with head wounds found dead near U.S. 95

A man police believe to be homeless was found dead in brush near U.S. Highway 95 and Desert Inn Road on Friday afternoon.

The man, in his late 30s or early 40s, was discovered by people walking through the area.

Las Vegas police said the victim, who had head wounds, might have been homeless and camping on the freeway siding when he was struck about the head.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or the police homicide section at 828-3521.

EXPECT MORE MILITARY AIRCRAFT

Green Flag West exercise continues

More military planes will be seen in the skies over Southern Nevada when the Air Force’s Green Flag West exercise continues today.

The missions will take off from the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. through Thursday.

The aircraft are expected to fly over Las Vegas, Mount Charleston and parts of northern Pahrump.

Green Flag West gives soon-to-deploy airmen realistic air training. Units from the Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and allied nations participate in the exercises 10 times per year.

DEPARTMENT CRACKING DOWN

Elko police: Arrests indicate more homeless

Elko police said the arrests of two homeless men on illegal camping charges shows a rise in the number of homeless people living in the city.

Police Lt. Will Lehmann said authorities think there are more than 100 homeless people living in Elko. He said the city has had a bigger problem with illegal camping this year than ever before and the department is cracking down.

DISCOVERED SATURDAY

Woman’s body in suitcase found in trash

Authorities say a woman’s body has been found stuffed in a suitcase in a trash bin at a Buena Park, Calif., apartment complex.

Buena Park police Lt. Robin Sells said a man looking for bottles and cans opened the suitcase and discovered the body Saturday.

Investigators say the body showed no obvious signs of trauma. The woman appears to be in her 20s.

Police would not immediately comment on the woman’s identity or how long she is thought to have been in the bin.

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