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Pellet gun raises questions about police shooting

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Miguel Martinez, in a previous booking photo (LVMPD) Miguel Martinez, in a previous booking photo (LVMPD)
Police taped off a parking lot of a east Las Vegas restaurant following an officer-involved shooting of a suspect. (Armando Navarro/FOX5) Police taped off a parking lot of a east Las Vegas restaurant following an officer-involved shooting of a suspect. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
Police released a photo of the Colt .45 semi-automatic replica handgun used in the confrontation. (LVMPD) Police released a photo of the Colt .45 semi-automatic replica handgun used in the confrontation. (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

Metro police shot a man early Thursday morning after an officer saw him pointing a gun.

The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. That man is now in critical condition. Some are wondering if police used excessive force.

Police later on Thursday released a picture of a pellet gun similar to the one Miguel Martinez, 29, was holding. The gun does look remarkably real.

The incident began as a fight between roommates on Wednesday evening.

"Metro dispatch received a call from a citizen stating that he had been shot by his roommate," Metro's Capt. Chris Jones said.

When police arrived, they were unable to locate Martinez, the alleged shooter. At 1:30 a.m. on Thursday, the roommate again called police, saying Martinez had returned to their apartment.

An officer located him in a nearby alley.

"As they approached that individual, he produced what appeared to be a firearm, and the officer shot multiple times," Jones said.

Deshario Bankston works as a security guard at the apartment complex near Charleston Boulevard and Bruce Street. He witnessed the shooting involving police.

"They shot him with the first set of rounds, they stopped, then they started shooting again," he said. "After they starting firing the man started yelling 'Help.'"

While being in possession of a gun of any description in front of officers searching for you is a major risk. However, some people believe police may have overreacted.

"You know having a pellet gun is not like bringing a bomb into the World Trade Center. It's a minor thing that should probably go without incident," neighbor Fred Francisco said.

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