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Body cam shows man charge, knock out officer before OIS at Las Vegas Airport

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Jessica Schladebeck
New York Daily News

Police in Las Vegas shot a man who crossed into a restricted zone at McCarran International Airport, where he brawled with officers and knocked one of them unconscious.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers assigned to the airport in Paradise responded to one of the terminals around 3:30 a.m. Thursday after a door alarm was triggered, Capt. Nicole Splinter told reporters. They did not initially find the suspect but after 20 minutes of searching, they discovered him in the baggage processing area of a different terminal.

One officer began to escort him back to a spot open to the public, but he suddenly became “extremely violent,” according to Splinter. The unidentified suspect turned and attacked the officer, pushing him to the ground and knocking him unconscious.

A struggle then ensued on the tarmac as a second officer attempted to “de-escalate the situation with less than lethal force.” The man knocked him down as well however, prompting a third officer to fire his weapon, Splinter said.



The man was twice struck by bullets and taken to University Medical Center Trauma, where he remained on Friday. One of the officers injured in the altercation was also treated.

Splinter said it’s not clear what prompted the man’s outburst or how he managed to make his way into the restricted area.

Neither the officers involved nor the suspect’s names have been released. An investigation is ongoing.

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