Recently-released body-cam footage shows a desperate chase and deadly gun battle between a Las Vegas Metro Police and two suspects last Wednesday.
Officer William Umana’s camera captured the heart-pounding action, as a pursuit turned into a high-stakes chase in Sin City when the two occupants of the vehicle began to open fire on trailing police cars.
Umana notified other officers that he was being fired upon, instructing his wingman to hang back. The second vehicle was hit at least twice, with the officer inside unable to continue the pursuit.
Not one to let the bad guys get away, 43-year-old Umana inched closer to the SUV and began firing wildly through his own windshield and into the SUV, which was occupied by 22 -year-old Fidel Miranda and 30-year-old Rene Nunez.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nunez bailed from the vehicle while it was moving and attempted to enter a school for shelter, though the door was locked.
Taking the wheel, Miranda attempted to back up towards Umana but was quickly dispatched by Umana’s pistol and a shotgun wielded by plainclothes officer Paul Solomon.
Though he would later die at the scene, Miranda was cuffed while medical was dispatched. Nunez was wounded in the exchange of gunfire earlier in the pursuit and later captured.
All in all 65 rounds of ammunition were exchanged in the pursuit, with the criminals firing 34 and the police firing 31.
The devious duo were suspects in the death of 25-year-old Thomas Romero, who was killed on Wednesday when he was shot multiple times outside of a car wash.
“The officer could have backed off, but he didn’t,” Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said of Umana on Monday.
Nunez is facing charges of of murder with a deadly weapon and attempted murder with a deadly weapon.
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