LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – The Nevada Highway Patrol announced the names of the 2 troopers who were killed on I-15 Thursday morning.
Sergeant Michael Abbate, badge 304, and Trooper Alberto Felix, badge 502.
The agency released a full statement on the deaths of its own.
According to police, the two troopers were conducting a “motor assist” early Thursday morning when they were struck by a vehicle. The two officers were pronounced deceased, authorities said.
In a news conference Thursday afternoon, police said the two troopers had stopped to investigate a vehicle that appeared to have a driver asleep behind the wheel. When the officers stopped to do this, a second vehicle, a Chevy HHR, struck the two troopers.
The driver of the Chevy fled the scene after striking the troopers, police said. LVMPD conducted a grid search and located the driver later Thursday morning.
To help the troopers’ families during this time please visit the Injured Police Officers Fund of Las Vegas.