UPDATE (July 28) -- Nevada Highway Patrol identified the trooper who was critically injured following a police chase that shut down I-15 for several hours on Tuesday as 46-year-old Micah May. He is a husband and father of two.
May was airlifted to UMC Trauma where he remains in critical condition at this time, according to NHP.
The Injured Police Officer Fund (IPOF) is establishing a fund to assist Trooper May’s family.
If you would like to help, donations can be made through www.IPOF.Vegas or checks can be mailed to:
- INJURED POLICE OFFICERS FUND
- C/o Trooper Micah May
- 9330 W. Lake Mead Blvd., suite 130
- Las Vegas, Nevada 89134
Donations can also be made directly to:
- Lexicon Bank
- Acct # 1601038
- 330 S Rampart Blvd Suite150, Las Vegas, NV 89145
While May has helped many Nevadans since joining NHP in 2008, his friend, and the president of the Injured Police Officer’s Fund, said she hopes Nevadans support the trooper and his family in their time of need by donating to the fund.
"We want nothing more than for him to recover and be able to raise his babies and be there for his wife," said Chelsea Stuenkel.
Stuenkel has known May for several years, working with him at one point on a graveyard shift.
"But obviously it hits home when it's someone you know personally. When you hear that name, and you're like, I know that person. It makes it even harder. But every single one is hard and we want every single officer to recover," she said. "Just that everyone's praying for his recovery and we are all heartbroken for them. But he's a strong person. He’s an amazing trooper and I want him to pull through, and I know he can. And we can't wait to see him when he's walking out of the hospital."
Original story continues below.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was critically injured and a suspect was killed following a police chase that shut down I-15 for several hours, police said.
According to a preliminary investigation, a carjacking about noon on July 27 led to a police chase, which ultimately injured one male NHP trooper.
During the incident, one trooper attempted to deploy stop stick spikes to stop the vehicle. At that time, the suspect hit the trooper with their vehicle. After that, authorities shot and killed the suspect.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said their officers did not discharge their firearms during the incident, and referred inquiries about the suspect's death to NHP.
The trooper remains in critical condition at University Medical Center, where he is "fighting for his life."
"It's definitely been a very difficult day," NHP Trooper Travis Smaka told FOX5. "My heart goes out to those families."
Smaka said the trooper has been with NHP for about 13 years and is a father and husband. His family is with him at UMC. A second trooper was hospitalized with minor injuries, but has since been released.
“When they started shooting, I didn’t know what to do,” said an eyewitness who asked to remain anonymous. He said he was on his way to the gym and just got on I-15 when he looked in his rearview mirror and saw a car in the HOV lane being chased by police. He pulled to the side of the freeway and used his phone to record the chase.
“That’s when they came close and hit the car on the rear and the car swerved. That’s when they started shooting and I got scared, so I stopped recording,” he said.
He said he tried to take cover as he heard the gunshots and shared he had a panic attack while stuck on the freeway.
The eyewitnesses told FOX5 he's still in shock and thankful to law enforcement who put their lives on the line, keeping him and other people on the interstate safe.
“NHP, I think they did pretty good handling the situation, because like a lot of people could have got hurt ... It was just crazy, very terrifying,” he said.