Metro police investigate an officer-involved shooting near U.S. 95 and Charleston Boulevard on Monday, March 3. (Source: NHP/FAST cam)
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Metro police said a man suspected of attempted robbery was shot by an officer Monday afternoon.
According to police, officers were called to an in-progress robbery at 72 Suzy Court, near U.S. 95 and Charleston Boulevard, at about 3:30 p.m.
According to police, the incident began when a man called police, reporting someone was trying to burglarize his car, which was parked in his driveway on Suzy Court.
According to documents, the suspect identified as Julio Estrada-Lopez was confronted by the vehicle's owner.
"When the homeowner did that, the suspect then produced a firearm, threatened and said, ‘Give me all your money.' [He then] pointed the firearm at the homeowner," said Metro Capt. Csaba Maczala.
Failing that, Estrada-Lopez ran across the street and held another neighbor at gunpoint, demanding money, police said. The man tried the same thing with a third resident.
When police arrived, they made contact with the man.
"He pointed a gun at an officer. The officer had to dive for cover, for safety," Maczala said.
Police said the man then ran through a backyard and hopped the wall separating the neighborhood from northbound on-ramp to 95.
Officers followed the man to the on-ramp, ordering him to drop his gun. Instead, he raised his gun at officers, and an officer shot him, according to Maczala. Police believe the man was shot one time in the chest.
"Look, whenever there's a firearm involved and you perceive a threat and that your life might be in danger or a citizen's life might be in danger, we try to act accordingly to save lives," Maczala said.
Police were still interviewing witnesses Monday evening. The man was last listed in critical condition at University Medical Center.
No officers were injured.
Police closed the off-ramp from the 95 to Charleston as well as the Lamb Boulevard off-ramp during the investigation.
An arrest report for Estrada-Lopez showed he was booked in absentia at Clark County Detention Center. He was arrested on four counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, resisting arrest with a weapon, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a weapon, two counts of auto burglary while in possession of a weapon and attempted grand larceny of an automobile.
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