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Officer ID'd in shooting of bank robbery suspect

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Police tape off a neighborhood following an officer involved shooting on Feb. 2, 2013. (Christian Cazares/FOX5) Police tape off a neighborhood following an officer involved shooting on Feb. 2, 2013. (Christian Cazares/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Las Vegas Metro police released the name of the officer who shot a bank robbery suspect during a pursuit in a west side neighborhood.

Officer James Larosa, 29, was identified in the police involved shooting in the 2600 block of S. Buffalo Street on Feb. 2.

According to police, a man in his 40s held up the U.S. Bank branch on Sahara Avenue before fleeing into a nearby neighborhood. There, police said, the suspect broke into two homes. In the second of the two homes, a homeowner retrieved a handgun and fired at the suspect.

The suspect escaped into the backyard where Metro officers awaited, police said.

According to LVMPD, the suspect pulled out a gun and pointed it at officers, prompting Larosa to fire back. The suspect sustained non-threatening injuries. There were no other injuries reported.

Police said Larosa has been employed with Metro since 2008 and is assigned to Patrol Division, Northwest Area Command.

Metro placed Larosa on paid administrative leave as the shooting is investigated.

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