LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – On Tuesday afternoon, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department provided additional details about a deadly officer-involved shooting on December 28, 2023.
Assistant Sheriff Sasha Larkin discussed the case in an afternoon media briefing. She began by explaining that LVMPD officers received a radio call regarding a stolen white van near W. Charleston Blvd. and Rancho Drive at approximately 9:27 p.m.
Investigators later learned that the vehicle was reported stolen on Christmas. As officers arrived in the area, they saw a van matching the description of the stolen vehicle stopped at a drive-thru restaurant on the 1800 block of W. Charleston Blvd.
Officers attempted to block the van with their patrol vehicles in order to apprehend the suspects. As the officers got out of their vehicles the front seat passenger, later identified as 33-year-old Iesel Torres-Santiago, fled on foot eastbound on Charleston Blvd.
Police chased the fleeing suspect to a parking lot on the 1700 block of W. Charleston Blvd. When the first officer caught up, the suspect was reportedly on the ground holding a gun.
Sheriff Larkin said that both officers provided verbal commands to the suspect but ultimately fired their weapons, hitting him. Medical personnel responded and the suspect was pronounced dead on the scene.
The investigation of this incident remains ongoing and an examination of this incident is being conducted by the LVMPD Critical Incident Review Team. This review focuses on policy, tactics, and training as it relates to this use of force.
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