A dangerous situation unfolded near the Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas on Wednesday afternoon, where an armed individual was stopped in his tracks by an armed citizen.
Las Vegas Metro Police were on patrol near Paradise and Russell roads when they spotted a white Mercedes, suspiciously adorned with fresh spray paint. Lt. Jason Johansson reported that shortly after noticing the vehicle, the officers received a call about a man in a vehicle matching the description involved in vandalism activities nearby.
The officers subsequently located the vehicle at University Center Drive and Hacienda Avenue. Upon their arrival, they found the driver, mask-clad and wielding a spray can, defacing a wall. Upon noticing the police, the suspect ditched his paint can and mask and took off.
As he fled, officers noticed a gun in his hand. The armed suspect then vaulted over a barrier and into the heavy traffic on Paradise Road, disappearing momentarily from officers’ sight. That was when they heard the distinct sound of two gunshots.
In a brazen attempt at carjacking, the suspect had started threatening passing vehicles with his gun. He forced a silver vehicle to stop, confronting the driver, a man in his 50s. But this individual was not an easy target. He was armed and prepared to protect himself. The driver, now the victim of an attempted carjacking, defended himself by shooting the armed suspect.
At this time, the driver isn’t facing any charges, as stated by Johansson, and rightfully so. He stopped the threat, potentially preventing further crime and danger.
The suspect, a man in his 30s, was found injured on the ground by the police. He was transported to Sunrise Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of being armed and prepared in the face of potential danger. Remember, it’s not just about carrying a firearm, but also knowing when and how to use it responsibly.