Metro Police gunned down a suspect after he pointed his BB gun at bystanders Sunday night during a standoff with officers at an extended-stay hotel, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Christopher Darcy said Wednesday.
Jody Daniel Lucas, who dropped his gun and ran when he was initially hit by police gunfire, was eventually brought down by a second volley of bullets fired by another responding officer, Darcy said.
Wednesday, the 42-year-old suspect remained in critical condition at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, Darcy said.
Police cameras captured the standoff, which began with a loud-music complaint about 7:15 p.m. in the 6500 block of Boulder Highway, Darcy said. Security at the complex called 911 to report he was intoxicated and called again when he allegedly pointed a gun at a resident, Darcy said.
Sensing that lives were in danger, Darcy said Metro deployed its STAR Protocol, which police policy says “requires supervisors to respond to calls for service involving armed persons.”
A police helicopter spotted an unarmed Lucas standing on his third-floor balcony, Darcy said.
Lucas walked in and out of his unit on multiple occasions, sometimes leaving his gun inside, but at one point pointed a “submachine gun” toward the aircraft, Darcy said.
Positioned on the second floor, Sgt. Justin Diebold overheard Lucas saying he was going to get a gun and shoot people standing by a pool, Darcy said.
Diebold, Officer Daniel Lapolla and Officer Austin Lea made their way to the third floor, Darcy said.
The suspect exited and pointed the gun toward the bystanders below who he’d threatened to shoot, Darcy said.
That’s when the three officers, and a fourth, Officer Brendan Hanson — who was stationed with a rifle on a building across from the scene — opened fire, striking Lucas, Darcy said.
Lucas dropped the gun and ran, Darcy said. Sgt. Stephen Trzpis, who was running toward the sound of gunfire, encountered the suspect on the ground level and fired his gun three times, bringing down Lucas, Darcy said.
Officers applied tourniquets on Lucas before medics arrived, Darcy said.
Police recovered an Uzi gun and an MP5 weapon, both of which were BB guns, Darcy said. Lucas didn’t fire either of them, he added.
Lucas was booked in absentia at the Clark County Detention Center on multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon and child endangerment, Darcy said.
The officers who opened fire were placed on routine paid administrative leave while the investigation was ongoing, Darcy said.
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