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Metro: Shooting left officer ‘critically injured and on life support’

LAS VEGAS(KLAS) — Las Vegas Metro Police say 29-year-old Officer Shay K. Mikalonis was shot and critically injured while working patrol during a protest over the death of George Floyd Monday night on the Las Vegas Strip. According to witnesses and police, the protest was peaceful for most of the evening, and then around 11:30 p.m. tensions escalated.

Metro says Mikalonis, who has worked with the department for four years, was a part of a group of additional officers who were called to the 2800 block of South Las Vegas Boulevard to assist with a group of rioters who were throwing rocks and bottles at officers. ... Read More

Raider Zay Jones experiences powerful, peaceful encounter amid protests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS-TV) – Over the weekend while protesters were marching in about 20 cities for Black Lives Matter, in Las Vegas one Raider marched into the Henderson Home Depot and experienced an encounter he’ll never forget.

Raiders wide receiver Zay Jones took to Twitter to share a powerful encounter he had with an elderly white woman at the checkout of a home goods store. The message was brief but carried a powerful message that resonated with the receiver.

8 News Now Sports anchor Kevaney Martin has the story... Read More

I-Team: Black Lives Matter organizer, US Marshal talk unrest in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A local Black Lives Matter organizer told the I-Team he does not support violence during protests, and the US Marshal believes the individuals causing the chaos are outsiders.

From law enforcement, there are heavy hearts about Metro Police Officer Shay Mikalonis, who was gravely injured after being shot during a protest on the Las Vegas Strip Monday night.

“Because we were part of the team effort last night, our hearts go out to the family of the Metropolitan Police Department officer that’s at UMC right now,” said Gary Schofield, US Marshal for the District of Nevada.

Schofield held back tears after the incident involving Mikalonis.

Down the road, Metro Police shot and killed a protester who they say reached for his weapon and aimed at them. It happened at the Federal Courthouse, which the US Marshals were guarding. ... Read More

Wynn, Encore set to reopen at 10 a.m. on June 4

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Wynn Las Vegas will reopen at 10 a.m. on June 4.

The countdown to 12:01 a.m. on June 4 has become the focal point of Las Vegas casinos reopening for business — with many adjustments to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But some resorts are not sticking to that schedule, and Wynn’s announcement comes as some other resorts look at June 5 reopenings.

Las Vegas casinos, resorts to reopen some properties June 4

Observers have watched for adjustments as violent protests have continued, but so far those protests have not impacted — at least, publicly — schedules for casino openings... Read More

Businesses on the Strip still preparing to reopen on June 4 amid protests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The countdown is on for the re-opening of Las Vegas casinos, Thursday, June 4, is the day. Some casinos will reopen at 12:01 a.m., following a mandated shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, but others will wait until later that day.

But, the unrest in the city, due some peaceful protests turning into tense moments that led to some looting, vandalism, and violence here and across the country has many asking if Las Vegas casinos will continue with their plans to reopen this Thursday?

The answer is yes. 8 News NOW spoke with the VP of administration for the Bellagio, and he said when it comes to security, he’s ready... Read More

Suspect of shooting officer is identified and arrested

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police has identified the suspect of shooting at Officer Shay Mikalonison June 1, 2020. Detectives say they found 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego using video surveillance.

Samaniego is accused of firing a handgun at officers as he walked down the street on Monday at approximately 11:30 p.m. with a group of rioters who were throwing rocks and bottles at officers.

As officers were arresting a person, a gunshot was fired from across the street striking Metro Officer Shay Mikalonis where he is currently in critical condition.

Metro detectives tracked Samaniego to a motel located across the street from the shooting. SWAT officers were called and took Samaniego into custody and booked him at the Clark County Detention Center under one count of Attempted Murder on a police officer and two counts of Unlawful Discharging of a Firearm. ... Read More

Sisolak activates additional National Guard troops to help police

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak is activating more Nevada National Guard troops to support law enforcement.

The move comes in response a request in Southern Nevada, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

“The Nevada National Guard units will not be on the front lines, making arrests or doing crowd control,” the news release says. “Their mission is to act as support personnel and they will focus on protecting critical facilities, preserving public safety, and allowing individuals to exercise their rights to peacefully demonstrate.”

Today, in response to a local request in Southern Nevada, I activated additional members of the @NVNationalGuard to provide support for State and local law enforcement. pic.twitter.com/s3VewYGR47... Read More