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Las Vegas Police officer shot on strip during protests, in grave condition

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Posted at 4:25 AM, Jun 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-02 07:25:03-04

Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo held a press conference at Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department headquarters early this morning.

Sheriff Lombardo says that the police officer who was shot shortly after 11 p.m. is in extremely critical condition and on life support at University Medical Center.

Lombardo says that police officers were dealing with a large group of protesters near the Circus Circus hotel-casino when a "shot rang out" and the officer went down. Lombardo says that the protesters were throwing rocks and other things at the officers before the officer was shot.

SWAT and K9 responded to the scene and were able to apprehend the suspected shooter.

The second shooting took place in front of the Foley Federal Building near Bridger Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.

Police officers were stationed at the building, protecting it against protesters.

An individual with multiple guns and wearing body armor approached the building and engaged the officers. They opened fire and the armed individual was struck several times. He was transported to a local hospital and pronounce deceased.

Sheriff Lombardo told members of the press that he did not have any additional information at this time. Another press briefing will be held later today.