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Robbery suspect shot, killed by police had fake handgun

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Las Vegas Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill addresses the media concerning an officer-involved shooting that took place Oct. 12. (Source: Gai Phanalasy/FOX5) Las Vegas Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill addresses the media concerning an officer-involved shooting that took place Oct. 12. (Source: Gai Phanalasy/FOX5)
Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill shows body camera video that captured an officer-involved shooting on Oct. 12. (Source: Gai Phanalasy/FOX5) Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill shows body camera video that captured an officer-involved shooting on Oct. 12. (Source: Gai Phanalasy/FOX5)
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Las Vegas Metro police, during a press conference Monday, said the robbery suspect shot and killed by officers on Oct. 12 had a fake handgun.

Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle stolen in a violent carjacking in Henderson.

The vehicle, a 2012 Nissan Rogue, was also tied to a series of robberies in Las Vegas and Henderson. Officers attempted a traffic stop near Wyoming Avenue and Commerce Street, but the driver fled and a chase ensued.

The driver, identified as 50-year-old Rex Wilson, led police on a pursuit that stretched for several miles, even extending into North Las Vegas. A PIT maneuver at Charleston and Decatur boulevards proved unsuccessful.

Eventually, Wilson drove over stop sticks, which deflated the vehicle’s tires. Another PIT maneuver took place between North Fort Apache Road and North Hualapai Way on Interstate 215. Officers then blocked in Wilson’s vehicle in with patrol cars.

Police said Wilson then pointed what was described as a black handgun in the direction of officers. Four officers fired on Wilson, killing him at the scene.

An investigation revealed the handgun in Wilson’s possession was a fake, merely a sprayer nozzle wrapped in black tape.

McMahill on Monday additionally said a family member reported Wilson missing on Oct. 12 and stated he was potentially a danger to himself. Wilson has been identified as a suspect in at least 16 robberies dating back to Oct. 3.

Anyone with additional information was urged to call Metro’s Force Investigation Section at 702-828-8452. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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