Nevada AG gives $600K to help Las Vegas shooting investigation

CARSON CITY — Nevada Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s office announced Tuesday it is giving $600,000 to the Metropolitan Police Department to defray investigative costs arising from the Oct. 1 Mandalay Bay shooting.

The money will come from the settlement of a deceptive trade case, not taxpayer funds.

At the crime scene, in the hospitals and at the command center, I witnessed courage, commitment and tireless dedication to the public good,” Laxalt said in a statement. “I proudly stand shoulder-to-shoulder with my law enforcement partners and offer assistance wherever possible.”

Gov. Brian Sandoval is directing his budget office to expedite the funding, which will get it to Metro within 15 days.

“During this time of crisis and great tragedy, we’ve witnessed the resilience, strength and unity of the Las Vegas community,” Sandoval said. “The state will continue to provide any additional resources necessary to assist the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department with its investigation and help ensure the tireless efforts of its officers are compensated. These funds are an important step in those efforts. I would like to express my continued and heartfelt thanks to Sheriff (Joe) Lombardo, the first responders, medical providers, coroner’s office, volunteers and the generosity of people in Nevada, across the country and world.”

Separately, the U.S. Department of Justice is providing $1 million to help Metro with police overtime costs. The Nevada Department of Public Safety worked on the grant application.

Contact Ben Botkin at or 775-461-0661. Follow @BenBotkin1 on Twitter.

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