A man went berserk in Las Vegas and stabbed two women before police officers were able to contain him. An LVMPD police body camera caught the full action of the police chasing the out-of-control man.
Investigators received a 911 call on Friday from a woman who said she had been stabbed inside an RTC bus at Rainbow Boulevard and Spring Mountain Road.
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After stabbing the woman in the bus, the suspect knifed another woman on a sidewalk. The images caught on police body cam showed the suspect running from police officers who quickly responded to the woman’s call.
People can be heard screaming, “Get on the ground! Get on the ground now! Put the knife down! Put the knife down!”
The video shows the suspect refusing to heed the police’s commands. The officers attempted to contain the suspect later identified as Caleb Hill through lighter means, but those didn’t quite work out.
First, the police attempted to tase Hill, but the taser prongs hit Hill’s backpack so it didn’t work out. Next, good Samaritan in a black jeep tried his bit to help out, but Hill instead used the opportunity to try and get into the vehicle. The police next tried firing bean bags at Hill but that it was not effective either.
After about three minutes of chasing Hill, the officers finally decided it was time to fire on Hill as a last resort. The last option neutralized the suspect. He was later taken to UMC Hospital where he remains in serious condition.
Officers are still investigating, and remain clueless as to what could have triggered Hill to attack strangers.
Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said: “The individual just stabbed two people. His intentions were to hurt people, so we already have citizens in harm’s way.”
Kelly also said that because Hill posed a danger to people with his attacks, and with all the other safer options the responding officers tried but failed to contain the wild suspect, the officers’ move to fire at Hill is justified.
Kelly said: “The officers tried to de-escalate. They went through proper protocol. They used non-lethal options. They used verbal commands. They did everything they could to try to prevent lethal force.”