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Police officer in foot pursuit shoots at suspect in robbery

A Las Vegas police officer shot at and missed a robbery suspect late Sunday evening, officials said Monday.

Police spokesman Sgt. Andy Walsh said the incident happened about 11 p.m. near Torrey Pines Drive and Smoke Ranch Road, when an officer made contact with a man suspected in a robbery earlier that night.

During a foot pursuit, the man pointed a gun at the officer, police said. The officer fired at the suspect, missing him.

After the shooting, the suspect was taken into custody with a Taser after a physical altercation. No one was injured, police said.

The officer who fired his weapon was placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation. His name will not be released until 48 hours after the incident, following police policy.


Police identify officer who fired gun after being startled

Las Vegas police identified the officer who fired his gun last week after being startled by someone jumping a wall.

Luis Norris, 39, was placed on paid administrative leave after the June 14 incident on the 3900 block of Cherokee Avenue, near Desert Inn and Sandhill roads.

Officers were speaking with someone about 8:25 p.m. about a possible prowler in the area when a male “appeared on the wall of the residence,” startling the officer, who fired one round, police said.

The person was not the prowler and was taking a shortcut, police said.

The shooting will be reviewed .

The 14-year department veteran was shot in the line of duty in 1997. Norris had been on the force less than a year when he was shot four times during an exchange of gunfire with a man during a domestic disturbance call. Norris was hit in his protective vest and foot.

He was awarded the Metropolitan Police Department’s Medal of Honor.


Prisoner, 56, found dead in North Las Vegas jail

A 56-year-old man was found dead in his North Las Vegas Detention Center cell Monday morning.

The man, whose name was not released, was a U.S. Marshal Service contract prisoner and had been at the jail since December , according to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

The jail is the primary housing facility for people in federal custody in Southern Nevada.

His death appeared to be the result of natural causes, but an autopsy will be performed, police said. He was discovered at 7:05 a.m.

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