Las Vegas, NV – A Las Vegas police officer was fatally shot while responding to a domestic disturbance early Thursday morning.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during a press conference afterwards that the incident began at approximately 1 a.m. on Oct. 13, when the dispatch center received a report of a domestic disturbance in the 800-block of East Flamingo Road, KVVU reported.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers responded to the scene and located a suspect near Flamingo Road and University Center, according to Sheriff Lombardo.
The suspect was later identified as 24-year-old Tyson Hampton.
Police said Hampton opened fire on two LVMPD officers and the officers immediately returned fire, KVVU reported.
LVMPD Officer Truong Thai and an unidentified civilian were both shot during the attack, Sheriff Lombardo said.
Investigators said Hampton fled the area as the wounded victims were rushed to local hospitals, KVVU reported.
Police managed to track the suspect down in the area of Eastern and Desert Inn with the help of a K9 unit, but he refused to comply with their commands, according to the sheriff.
A K9 was deployed and the gunman was subsequently taken into custody.
Sheriff Lombardo said Officer Thai was shot in his torso during the attack, KVVU reported.
The 49-year-old officer succumbed to his wounds at Sunrise Hospital a short while later.
His daughter and ex-wife were by his side when he passed away, according to KTNV.
Officer Thai served the LVMPD for 23 years and was assigned to the agency’s South Central Area Command, KVVU reported.
The condition of the civilian who was wounded in the shooting was not immediately released.
It’s a sad day in Las #Vegas.
Clark County joins with the entire community in mourning the death of Officer Truong Thai, following his tragic death in the line of duty this morning serving and protecting others. Our hearts are with his family, friends, and @LVMPD.
— Clark County Nevada (@ClarkCountyNV) October 13, 2022
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