A patrol officer who while on duty last week wounded a suspect after the man pointed an assault rifle at him has been identified as 25-year-old Scott Tompkins, Las Vegas police said Tuesday.
Police said Tompkins has been with the department since March 2008. He is assigned to the Downtown Area Command.
The incident occurred about 2:30 a.m. Thursday on the 2800 block of McLeod Drive, near Karen Avenue.
Police arrested Juan Solis, 32, also known as Juan Solis-Diaz, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer and resisting arrest by a police officer.
Police said Tompkins was responding to a disturbance call when the incident occurred. Upon arrival, he stopped a vehicle in the area to determine whether there was a connection between the vehicle and the disturbance.
During the traffic stop, the officer heard “loud screaming” coming from a nearby home, police said. Tompkins, after determining the traffic stop had nothing to do with the disturbance, told the driver to leave the scene and took cover behind an SUV parked in the driveway of the home, police said.
Shortly afterward, a garage door to the residence opened and a man with an assault rifle confronted the officer, police said.
The man refused several commands to drop his weapon and began to raise the gun at the officer. Tompkins shot Solis, hitting him multiple times, police said. No one else was injured in the incident.
Solis was treated for injuries that were not life-threatening.