Vegas police describe 2 fatal shootings involving officers

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Authorities in Las Vegas have provided some details about two unrelated fatal shootings involving police officers last weekend and a third officer-involved fatal shooting on Monday.

Danzel Boyd, 28, was shot by two SWAT team members early Saturday after fighting with a police dog and pointing a handgun at the officers after an hours-long standoff in an apartment not far from the Stratosphere hotel-casino, Assistant Clark County Sheriff Brett Zimmerman told reporters on Tuesday.

Boyd let two people out of the apartment and then fired several gunshots inside and outside during the hours-long standoff that began late Friday during a sexual assault investigation, police said.

No one outside was injured, but police said some shots hit a casino parking structure.

In the other case, William Orellana, 42, killed himself with a gunshot about 11 a.m. Saturday after firing at police from a parked pickup truck in a neighborhood northwest of downtown Las Vegas, Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank said .

Police Officer Johnathan Tomaino returned fire, but the Clark County coroner ruled Orellana’s death was a suicide.

The Nevada Highway Patrol had reported the pickup stolen at gunpoint less than two hours earlier from a woman on a highway near Searchlight, after a hit-and-run crash left a Camaro disabled, police said. Searchlight is about 60 miles south of Las Vegas.

Tomaino and the two SWAT officers were placed on paid administrative leave pending departmental and district attorney reviews of the shootings.

Officers tried pepper spray to force Boyd out of the apartment before entering, police said.

Ferrante’s body-worn camera showed officers blasting down a bathroom door and Boyd in the bathtub, struggling with the police dog before raising a .40-caliber handgun in his hand.

The shootings were followed by another fatal police shooting Monday, when police say an officer shot a man who wounded the officer in the hand with a knife and threatened another in a short-term apartment.

Police said a manager had summoned police after finding water seeping into neighboring units and the man refused to answer the apartment door. His identity was not immediately known.

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