LAS VEGAS NV October 5 2020 Las Vegas police said security officers at South Point hotel-casino shot and killed an armed man on Sunday afternoon.
Lt. Ray Spencer said the investigation was in the valet area of the property at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South.
At the scene, Lt. Spencer said about 4:30 p.m., security was alerted of a man walking outside the casino near the valet with a gun in his hand.
The suspect walked outside the valet and fired one round into the air. He then walked into a parking lot, waving the gun around. Lt. Spencer said it appeared he was trying to clear a malfunction with his gun.
The suspect walked back toward the valet where he was confronted by South Point security. The man stopped and engaged the security officers, who gave verbal commands that were ignored.
Lt. Spencer said the security officers showed “a tremendous amount of constraint” in dealing with the suspect. The security officers repositioned over a 30 second period, police said, so the backdrop shifted from the valet to the hotel building. The suspect continued to point his gun at the officers.
There, Lt. Spencer said the security officers shot the suspect multiple times, killing him.
As of 7 p.m., they had not identified the suspect, but said he was a white man between 40 and 50 years old.
The man was not a guest of the hotel, police said, as he walked onto the property an hour prior to the shooting.
This was the second homicide in the area on October 4. Police responded to the Grandview at Las Vegas timeshare next door to the casino property on Sunday morning for a deadly stabbing.
Police said there was no connection between the two cases.
“It’s just an extremely odd coincidence that it is extremely close to where we’re standing right now,” Spencer said.