Edgar Samaniego

Edgar Samaniego (Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Prosecutors in Las Vegas have filed four more felony charges Thursday against a 20-year-old man accused of attempted murder in a shooting during a Las Vegas Strip protest that left a police officer wounded and paralyzed.

Edgar Samaniego’s newly hired attorney, John Turco, didn't immediately respond to messages after a preliminary hearing of evidence was postponed to Aug. 27.

Prosecutor Giancarlo Pesci said additional assault with a weapon and discharge of a firearm charges were added after investigators found evidence that Samaniego fired three shots, not two, late June 1 near the Circus Circus resort.

The protest was one of hundreds nationally following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

A judge who reviewed evidence at an earlier court hearing said police video showed Samaniego “walking by, taking out a gun and firing.”

Samaniego remains jailed on $1 million bail. He pleaded guilty June 22 in a separate misdemeanor drug case and was sentenced to 45 days in jail.

The police officer, Shay Mikalonis, 29, was wounded in the head. He has been transferred to an out-of-state spinal injury rehabilitation center.

In a statement released by police, Mikalonis' family said he remained paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator and unable to speak.

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(7) comments

Paris

One good throat punch would take this garbage out.

stotz

Burn him alive.

Nevermore

What he did to the police officer, should be done to him.

The Mark Price is Right

Hopefully he doesn't get parole like the Lee's Liquor killers.

Mediumjeep

Garbage needs to fall down few flights of stairs !

AmericaFirst

Dreamer or anchor baby? I hope the liberals are proud of their social experiments!

qwerty123

Most likely neither, there are just some bad people in this world.

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