Police Officer on Life Support After Rioter Shoots Him in Back of Head
Rioters were throwing rocks at officers before one officer was shot
A police officer in Las Vegas is currently in critical condition and on life support after being shot in the back of the head by a rioter, according to Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo.
During a press briefing, Lombardo said officers were dealing with rioters at a George Floyd protest the Circus Circus hotel-casino.
KTNV Las Vegas reported that rioters were throwing rocks at officers before one officer was shot.
“Our officers were attempting to take rocks and bottles from the crowd,” said Lombardo during the press conference.
“Officers were attempting to get some of the protesters in custody when a shot rang out, and our officer went down.”
SWAT and K9 apprehended the suspected shooter while a second shooting was also notified:
My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 2, 2020
The following incident occurred at the courthouse on South Las Vegas Boulevard, where officers encountered a suspect wearing body armor and armed with multiple weapons.
As authorities approached, the suspect reached for his weapon before being shot by the officers, according to ABC News.
The suspect later died at the hospital.
“This is a tragic night for our community,” said Lombardo.
“With these protests, which are leading to riots, one tragedy is only leading to another … our investigations into both these incidents will be ongoing throughout the morning.”
“What has occurred is utterly, utterly unacceptable, and I hope the community sees it that way too,” he concluded.
The news comes just a day after rioters set fire to a home while the family, including a child, was trapped inside.
On Saturday, Chief Smith was overcome with emotion during a press conference while detailing one of the worst acts of violence carried out in the city.
“One incident that is particularly poignant, that truly illustrates the seriousness of the issues we’re facing,” the visibly emotional police chief told reporters.
President Trump gave a speech in the Rose Garden about George Floyd’s death and the resulting riots taking place across the country.
“I am your president of law and order and an ally of all peaceful protesters," Trump declared, before ordering governors across the nation to deploy the National Guard "in sufficient numbers that we dominate the streets."
He then sent a warning to states that, if they refused, he would deploy the United States military “and quickly solve the problem for them.”