LAS VEGAS, Nevada – An officer was fatally shot Thursday morning while attempting to arrest a man behind the University of Las Vegas.
LVMPD, says that Officer Truong Thai, 49, died at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center from a gunshot wound to the torso. He had been with the Metropolitan Police Department since 1999.
Officers were initially called around 1 a.m. to South University Center Drive and East Flamingo Road after a report of a domestic disturbance, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said at a press conference Thursday morning.
According to Lombardo, Thai and another officer found a suspect who was involved in the disturbance driving nearby, but when they attempted to arrest the man, he opened fire, striking Thai and a civilian, Lombardo said.
Thai and another officer shot back, and Tyson Hamptom, 24, was arrested near South Eastern Avenue and East Desert Inn Road with minor injuries, the sheriff said.
The civilian that was shot was hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries.
“I was at the hospital early this morning with his ex-wife and his daughter,” Lombardo said, choking up. “Our condolences go out to his family. We will be helping them in any way we can in the following days. The incident demonstrates the dangers our officers face every day just putting on the uniform and doing their job.”