Bail set at $100K for suspect shot by police after fight in downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting in the downtown area.
Published: Mar. 14, 2022 at 12:15 PM PDT|Updated: Mar. 16, 2022 at 12:13 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A man is in the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer shot him around noon Monday in downtown Las Vegas.

Police said the male officer suffered minor injuries as well, but is in stable condition and is expected to survive.

The call came in just before 12 p.m. near North Main Street and Foremaster Lane near Catholic Charities, LVMPD said.

Metro Capt. Carlos Hank, Bureau Commander on Internal Oversight and Constitutional Policing, said the officer shot the man after the officer tried to break up a physical altercation between two people. One of those people -- a man -- started acting aggressive toward the officer and charged at him, according to Hank.

Police said the man was “throwing punches” before ultimately pulling a weapon.

“The Subject retrieves an item from his pocket and holds it inside of his hand as if it were a weapon,” said Hank. “The subject continues to charge at the officer. Officer continues to retreat, offers verbal commands in an effort to deescalate. The subject continued to charge at the officer to the point where the officer lost his footing and fell to the ground.”

The officer pulled out an expandable baton to try to “de-escalate the situation,” police said.

“The officer then retrieved his firearm, discharging his firearm, striking the suspect,” Hank said.

LVMPD later identified the officer involved as 47-year-old Lieutenant Raul Rodriguez. Rodriguez serves in the Tourist Safety Division of Downtown Area Command and has been employed with LVMPD since 1999.

The suspect, who was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries, is also now in police custody, according to LVMPD. Police records identify the suspect as Hector Orellana, 26, and note he faces charges of assault on a protected person, battery on a protected person and resisting a public officer.

During a 72-hour justice court hearing on Wednesday, a judge set Orellana’s bail at $100,000. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 30 at 9 a.m.

When asked whether it has been confirmed whether the man had a weapon in his hand or not, Hank replied that they are still working to learn the details.

Orellana’s first court hearing was set for Tuesday afternoon, according to court records. This incident marks the fourth officer-involved shooting in LVMPD’s jurisdiction for 2022.

The investigation is ongoing.