Man who shot, paralyzed Las Vegas police officer sentenced to prison

Edgar Samaniego sentenced to 20-25 years.
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 9:49 AM PDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2022 at 2:42 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - The man who shot and paralyzed Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Shay Mikalonis during a protest in 2020 was sentenced to prison on Friday.

Edgar Samaniego entered a guilty plea in connection with the incident in Nov. 2021 on attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon.

Samaniego was sentenced to 20-50 years in prison by Judge Carli Kierny. Mikalonis watched the proceedings in court.

Las Vegas police said previously that on June 1, 2020, Samaniego was staying at a Travelodge motel near the Circus Circus while Mikalonis was responding to a nearby protest. Samaniego reportedly fired multiple times toward the disturbance, striking the Officer Mikalonis, according to police.

The bullet traveled through Mikalonis’ spine before lodging in his face. He was treated at a facility in Colorado before returning to Las Vegas in 2021.

Samaniego had been held at the Clark County Detention Center on $1 million bail while awaiting sentencing.