Suspect in fatal officer shooting fled collision, pointed firearm at police east of Strip – Fox 5 Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – Las Vegas police said a 46-year-old man died in an officer-involved shooting Feb. 6 near the Strip.

Police said the officers involved were Jae Maston and Wesley Merren. Both are assigned to the Tourist Safety Division at the Convention Center Area Command.

The shooting happened in an alley way of an apartment complex around 1:47 a.m. in the 2500 block of Sherwood Street. This is near Sahara Avenue and Paradise Road.

Assistant Sheriff Yasenia Yatomi provided a briefing Thursday afternoon.

Despite medical aid and attention provided by the involved officers, the suspect, Lee Derek Larson, died at the scene.

Yatomi said a patrolling officer observed two people in a Jeep Liberty at Liberace Way and Sherwood Street.

The driver was identified as Larson. Yatomi did not identify the other occupant.

In the briefing, Yatomi said the patrolling officer observed the driver back into an unoccupied vehicle, causing a collision. The officer, who was not identified, turned on emergency lights.

The two exited the Jeep to assess the damage. At this moment, the officer demanded the two to come to the front of the vehicle, but Larson fled on foot.

During a pursuit, Larson produced a firearm and pointed it at the officer. The officer called for backup and relayed to arriving units that Larson was armed.

Yatomi said he fled into an alley in the 2500 block of Sherwood. Arriving officers, Merren and Maston, observed the suspect pacing as they approached.

Police said Larson did not comply to demands to drop his weapon. This was when they fired rounds.

Merren was armed with a 9mm handgun and fired 8 rounds. Maston was armed with a rifle and fired 11 rounds. Yatomi said Larson was armed with a handgun that was loaded with one round in the chamber and ten rounds in the magazine but did not fire his weapon.

If he survived, his charges would have been three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, resisting with a weapon and prohibited person in possession of a firearm.

Police say this was the first officer-involved shooting of 2024. Up to this day last year, there were no officer-involved shootings.

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