UPDATE (JUNE 5): The four officers involved in the Monday shooting were not wearing body-worn cameras when they shot Jorge Gomez in front of the federal courthouse in downtown Las Vegas.
Involved officers Sgt. Ryan Fryman, 40, Officer Daniel Emerton, 38, Officer Vernon Ferguson, 36, and Officer Andrew Locher, 53 are Range Training Staff assigned to Metro’s Organizational Development Bureau, said Assistant Sheriff Christopher Jones during a Friday afternoon media briefing.
“They are assigned to a bureau that does not require them to wear body-worn cameras,” Jones said. “They are not patrol officers, and therefore by policy they do not wear body-worn cameras.”
In addition to open carrying a holstered handgun and a rifle slung over his shoulder, police investigation found that suspect Jorge Gomez had a handgun illegally concealed in his backpack. If he had survived the shooting, he would have been charged with four counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and carrying a concealed weapon, Jones said.
On the evening of the Monday demonstration for George Floyd, protesters at the Lloyd D. George federal courthouse were warned to disperse or else be subject to arrest. Officers created a skirmish line to move the crowd south.
As the crowd was being moved, Gomez was observed walking on the sidewalk toward the courthouse steps, behind the skirmish line. Officers began approaching Gomez to conduct an arrest for failing to disperse.
An unnamed officer believed Gomez was armed with a baseball bat, which in fact was a rifle, Jones said. The officer struck Gomez with five “bean bag” rounds.
“This officer confronted Mr. Gomez and during that exchange [fired] five non-lethal rounds at Mr. Gomez, fearing that he was going to strike the officers with a baseball bat,” Jones said.
Gomez then ran southbound on Las Vegas Boulevard and was confronted by Fryman, Locher, Emertgon and Ferguson. When officers exited their vehicles, Gomez raised his rifle in their direction, Jones said.
Combined, the officers fired a total of 19 rounds at Gomez, who later was pronounced dead at UMC Hospital.
UPDATE (JUNE 4): Las Vegas police have identified the officers involved in the shooting in the 300 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard on June 1.
Sgt. Ryan Fryman, 40, Officer Dan Emerton, 38, Officer Vernon Ferguson, 36, and Officer Andrew Locher, 53, were all on scene of a fatal shooting with an armed man identified as Jorge Gomez. Gomez had three firearms on his person and "engaged" police, according to the department.
He was pronounced dead at UMC after being shot by police. This marks the ninth officer-involved shooting in 2020.
Fryman has been employed by LVMPD since 2007, Emerton since 2006, Ferguson since 2006 and Locher since 1995.
All officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the results of an investigation. Each officer is assigned to the Professional Standards Division, Organizational.
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Sheriff Joe Lombardo said an officer was in "grave condition" after being shot on the Strip, and that another man was dead in a separate shooting, both following protests in the area Monday night.
In a press conference held after 3:30 a.m. on June 2, Lombardo called the shootings unacceptable. "I hope the community sees it that way, too."
Both scenes were active, dynamic and ongoing as the sheriff spoke, he said.
LVMPD SHERIFF: OFFICER ON LIFE SUPPORT
Lombardo said the officer shot near Circus Circus was in "grave condition" and on life support at University Medical Center on Tuesday morning.
As Metro made attempts to disperse a crowd in the area around 11:30 p.m., Lombardo said the officers took rocks and bottles from the crowd. While attempting to place several people in custody, he said a shot rang out and the officer was down.
The suspect was identified later in the night and was taken into custody by SWAT and K9 officers.
My Office has been notified that the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is currently working two separate incidents in Las Vegas. The State is in contact with local law enforcement and continues to monitor the situation.— Governor Sisolak (@GovSisolak) June 2, 2020
In this moment we ask for prayers for our law enforcement community. Let us join together in prayer for the peace of our city.— Bolden Area Command (@LVMPDBAC) June 2, 2020
ARMED MAN SHOT, KILLED
About the same time, 11:22 p.m., Lombardo said Las Vegas police and federal officers were posted at the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse at Las Vegas Boulevard and Bridger Avenue. He said they were there to protect the building from protesters.
A man armed with multiple firearms wearing what appeared to be body armor approached the building. Lombardo said he reached for a firearm and officers "engaged," shooting him several times.
The man was pronounced dead on UMC.
His death marked the ninth officer-involved shooting in 2020.
5TH NIGHT OF PROTESTS IN LAS VEGAS
"This is a sad night for LVMPD family and a tragic night for our community with these protests that are leading to riots. One tragedy is only leading to another," Lombardo said.
Protesters have been rallying for days across the country over the death of George Floyd, who was seen on video pleading that he couldn’t breathe with a white police officer pressing his knee into his neck for several minutes before he stopped moving.
Police in Las Vegas said Monday that 338 people were arrested during three nights of protests. Officers used tear gas and pepper balls to disperse crowds late Saturday downtown and Sunday on the Las Vegas Strip.
Police said suspects were jailed despite a local court policy calling for most people accused of misdemeanor crimes to receive court summonses instead of time behind bars to help prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.
Gov. Steve Sisolak on Tuesday afternoon issued the following statement on the officer shootings:
“Last night there were two officer involved shootings in Las Vegas. I know this is a difficult day for Nevada. And it’s during these trying times we must remind ourselves that creating a state where justice and peace exist together in partnership, not as a binary choice, is the goal we must all work toward. I am committed to doing all I can. I am praying for the LVMPD officer who was senselessly shot last night - there is no place for this behavior in Nevada. I am praying for all of the communities across Nevada who are experiencing grief and pain right now. Violence has no place in our communities and we must all work toward peaceful solutions together. As your Governor, I am committed to listening, heeding calls to action, and healing.”
Attorney General Aaron Ford issued the following statement on Tuesday:
"Today I was heartbroken to hear of two officer involved shootings that took place last night in the Las Vegas valley. According to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, one officer is in critical condition and the investigation remains ongoing. My family is praying for the families of those who were killed and for the recovery of those injured. Across Nevada and this nation, people are scared, angry and in pain. Racial injustice has been part of this country's history since before America was founded continues to this present day. But this country will not absolve its violent history with a violent future. Americans have made great strides towards equality because passionate people took the heat of their anger and used it to forge real change. Thousands of Nevadans have peacefully protested against racial injustice and I encourage those peaceful demonstrations and taking constructive action. Donate to a cause, volunteer with an organization you believe in, and participate in our elections. You may feel helpless right now, but in reality, you have the power here to drive the change we are all seeking for a more equal and just country. "
City of Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman provided a statement on Tuesday:
"The tragic incidents from last night’s unrest are still under investigation, and any more detailed comment awaits until those facts are better known. The incidents have not diminished my belief in the spirit of harmony and oneness that I know we have in this wonderfully diverse city. I am saddened if forces from outside our community are contributing to the tension and violence. Be the change, and do it peacefully."
City of Las Vegas Councilman and Clark County Commission candidate Stavros Anthony said in Tweets on Tuesday morning:
"Police officer shot. He needs our prayers. This has to stop today. Violent thugs do not control our community. Implement a curfew. Call out the national guard, police need help. Arrest all violent rioters immediately. No bail. Law and order."
"We need to open Jean prison today as a holding facility for all violent rioters and ship them back to the state they came from."
Police officer shot. He needs our prayers. This has to stop today. Violent thugs do not control our community. Implement a curfew. Call out the national guard, police need help. Arrest all violent rioters immediately. No bail. Law and order. pic.twitter.com/kmpuTJCJn5— Stavros Anthony (@StavrosAnthony) June 2, 2020
We need to open Jean prison today as a holding facility for all violent rioters and ship them back to the state they came from.— Stavros Anthony (@StavrosAnthony) June 2, 2020
Clark County Commissioner Lawrence Weekly said during a Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday:
"[While there are] those who have chosen to share their concerns peacefully, there's a crowd that chooses to go otherwise. We've experienced some damage to our own county facilities. But right now, Commissioner Kirkpatrick and I are communicating with our CEO and our manager of UMC. We have one of our officers who is not doing well and of course, the gentleman who unfortunately arrived at UMC dead on arrival last evening ... I just really want to make an appeal to our public once again -- to exercise your First Amendment right is one thing. I support that 100%. I support those who have taken to the streets to voice their concerns and opposition and discuss toward this systemic problem that has plagued us for decades. But when it crosses the line of destroying property and harming innocent people, it totally crosses a line."
Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones tweeted on Tuesday morning:
"This morning, my thoughts and prayers are with the family of the LVMPD officer who was indiscriminately shot last night and in critical condition. Gun violence is not the answer."
Sen. Jacky Rosen said in a Tweet on Tuesday:
"My heart breaks for our community and the officer's family during these times of great despair, and I remain steadfast that we must condemn violence in all its forms."
I reached out to Sheriff Lombardo today, & am monitoring the shootings that occurred overnight in Las Vegas. My heart breaks for our community & the officer’s family during these times of great despair, & I remain steadfast that we must condemn violence in all its forms. https://t.co/NQzhsglZ5t— Senator Jacky Rosen (@SenJackyRosen) June 2, 2020
The Vegas Golden Knights said in a Tweet on Tuesday morning:
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the Las Vegas Metro Police Officer who was critically injured while on duty Monday night and all who honorably serve our community to keep us safe. We stand with those who peacefully seek to inspire change, but condemn violence as a means to do so. We will unite in observing Black Out Tuesday to continue to raise awareness against racial inequality, reflect and express solidarity."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.