Department identifies officer in shooting

Las Vegas police have identified the officer who shot a suicidal man Saturday as Michael Thiele, a three-year veteran of the department.

Police said Thiele was one of at least two officers who responded to a report of a man who was alleged to have taken pills and was suicidal.

As they approached the open door to the apartment on the 4800 block of Torrey Pines Drive, near Tropicana Avenue, they made contact with the man, 37-year-old Sasa Pudar, who was alone.

Officers said they saw blood on Pudar and on the floor and saw a large screwdriver in his hand.

Police said Pudar then rushed to the officers on the porch in an “aggressive manner.” Thiele shot Pudar, who fell to the ground.

He was taken to University Medical Center and booked into the Clark County Detention Center in absentia on a charge of attempted murder on a police officer.


Meetings to offer trainee information

The first of several informational meetings on becoming a Las Vegas firefighter trainee will take place at 6 p.m. today at the Las Vegas Fire Training Center, 633 N. Mojave Road.

The seminars are information-only. No applications will be available until later this year.

The recruitment process is competitive, and participants must prepare for written and physical ability tests.

Besides today’s meeting, the following sessions are scheduled:

• Noon June 20 in the Las Vegas City Council chambers, 400 Stewart Ave.

• 6 p.m. July 23 in the Sahara West Library, 9600 W. Sahara Ave.

• 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in the West Charleston Library, 6301 W. Charleston Blvd.

A written test for trainee candidates is scheduled for Jan. 12, with a physical ability test following in the spring of next year.

Applicants must be at least 18 years old, have a valid driver’s license, have a high school diploma or equivalent and possess an EMT basic certificate.

Meeting times may change. Call 392-2774 to confirm dates and times.


Accident victim was Las Vegas woman

The Nye County sheriff’s office has identified the victim in a Saturday accident on U.S. Highway 95 as 26-year-old Kate Bullock of Las Vegas.

Bullock was a passenger in a GMC Envoy heading north on the highway between Beatty and Goldfield, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.

Around noon, the sport utility vehicle drifted off the right side of the road.

When the female driver tried to steer back onto the road, she overreacted, causing the vehicle to overturn.

Investigators on Saturday were trying to determine whether the victim was wearing a seat belt, the Nevada Highway Patrol said.


Blown tire on SUV leads to fatal accident

A 29-year-old man died and two 7-year-old girls were airlifted to a Las Vegas hospital Monday after the sport utility vehicle they were riding in blew a tire and rolled on southbound Interstate 15 just over the state line in Arizona, officials said.

Eleven people were riding in the 2003 Ford Expedition about 3 p.m. Monday when the driver of the vehicle felt and saw the tread of the rear left tire separate, Arizona Highway Patrol Sgt. John Bottoms said.

The driver then hit the brakes, causing the vehicle to fishtail and enter the median and roll. Six of the 11 people inside the car were thrown from the vehicle.

The 29-year-old man, Jose Alvarez, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 7-year-old girls were taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center. Bottoms was unsure of their conditions Tuesday afternoon.

The other victims were taken to a hospital in St. George, Utah.

The family members, from Panorama City, Calif., were returning from Salt Lake City when the crash occurred, Bottoms said.

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