Authorities in Las Vegas have confirmed that the man who died following a shootout with police on Tuesday in Las Vegas was killed by an officer’s bullet to the head.
The Clark County Coroner’s office says Friday that 25-year-old Miguel Salas died from a single gunshot wound during a traffic stop.
Police have said that the suspect had fled two officers attempting to pull him over on Tuesday and fired shots at them, forcing the officers to return fire.
In the video you can see officers attempting to rationally get the man to leave his vehicle for several minutes. Two police officers were positioned on each side of the vehicle and the man continued to refuse to get out of the car.
After some time trying to verbally get the man to comply one of the officers grabs his arm and asks him again to exit the vehicle, while attempting to open the driver's side door from the inside since the outside handle was broken.
The man continues to fidget in the car after repeated attempts by the officers to tell him to stop moving.
At one point in the video, you can see the suspect pull a gun and begin firing at the officers before slamming the gas pedal at which point the officer in which had a bodycam recording returns fire.
That officer was hit but gunfire, but also, fortunately, struck and killed the suspect. The video ends with that officer being taken in another police cruiser to get immediate treatment, while you can hear him freaking out because he's been shot.
33-year-old Las Vegas Officer Richard Nelson was shot in the chest and stomach and fired back at Salas, hitting him at least once, but that the suspect also had a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Nelson is expected to survive. He has been a Vegas officer since 2009 and is on paid administrative leave pending recovery.
Officers were cleared of any wrongdoing in the incident because the bodycam footage clearly vindicated any assertions that they had somehow been responsible for the man's actions.