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NHP: Man who shot at trooper exchanged meth for ride

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The NHP discusses a trooper-involved shooting during a press conference on Sept. 1, 2016. (Source: FOX5) The NHP discusses a trooper-involved shooting during a press conference on Sept. 1, 2016. (Source: FOX5)
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LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

A man who opened fire on a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper exchanged meth for a ride before the traffic stop that led to the shooting last Friday.

NHP disclosed details Thursday in a news conference stemming from the trooper-involved shooting that took place August 26 on southbound Boulder Highway just south of U.S. 95. Dash-cam video was also presented.

Trooper Shawn Peckham pulled over a white Cadillac sedan at 12:05 a.m. for improper license plate display.

Peckham made contact with a woman driver, who was in the vehicle with two men - one in the front seat and the other in the back seat - before returning to his service vehicle for a records check. 

During that time, NHP said the man in the rear seat got out of the vehicle and ran from the stop, bound for a parking lot at 4080 S. Boulder Hwy. The trooper took position behind his vehicle and gave verbal commands to the fleeing person.

The man then turned around and opened fire at the trooper, who was hit in his badge. NHP said Peckham returned fire, hitting the armed man. 

The man, who his family identified as Matthew Gibbon, died at the scene. The other occupants of the Cadillac remained in the vehicle and were held without incident.

During the news conference, NHP revealed Gibbon got out of the vehicle while holding a backpack containing of methamphetamine. NHP said Gibbon had agreed to give the other passenger methamphetamine in exchange for a ride home. The other passenger had called his mother to pick him and Gibbon up.

"Gibbon agreed to give the male subject two pieces of meth if he could give him a ride home. The male subject called his mother who agreed to pick them up and give them a ride," the NHP's Col. Dennis Osborn said. 

According to NHP, Gibbon fired the first two rounds at Peckham before the trooper returned fire. An estimated 11 shots were fired from Peckham's service firearm. Gibbon was shot in the left hand and the forehead. 

In addition, NHP said Gibbon exchanged the drugs with the other male passenger in the vehicle. The male passenger's mother was driving at the time of the stop.

Peckham is a three-year veteran of the law enforcement agency.

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