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EXCLUSIVE: Sheriff Lombardo reveals new details about shooting of Metro police officer

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told 8 News Now Wednesday morning that the condition of the officer shot Monday night hasn’t changed much.

“His blood pressure has stabilized but the rest of the symptoms, maladies associated with his condition have not improved so far but in this situation you never give up hope,” Lombardo said. “I’m very close to the family. His mom and dad worked for me in previous years and are both retired from Metro. They’re extended Metro family.”

Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, was shot while taking a person into custody when a protest turned violent on Las Vegas Boulevard near the Circus Circus Hotel & Casino. He remains in critical condition at University Medical Center.

Metro Officer Shay Mikalonis

During the interview, Lombardo revealed some new details about the shooting of Mikalonis... Read More

No bail set for police shooting suspect Edgar Samaniego

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The man facing charges in the shooting of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officer on the Las Vegas Strip Monday night made his first court appearance Wednesday morning in Las Vegas Justice Court.

The state prosecutor argued that Edgar Samaniego, 20, be held on a $1 million bail. He said Samaniego has two pending cases in the system for DUI and possession of a drug without a prescription. He was out on bail when the shooting of Officer Shay Mikalonis happened Monday night. The prosecutor said Samaniego is a danger to officers and the community.

The defense attorney representing Samaniego argued for a $100,000 bail saying the 20-year-old has minor run-ins with the law and strong local family support.

The judge said Samaniego would be held without bail because of concerns of the grave condition of the officer and him being a danger to the community. The issue of bail could be taken up at a later hearing... Read More

Protesters march in solidarity for George Floyd with peaceful protest near UNLV

Protests around the Las Vegas valley carried a much calmer tone Tuesday night. The biggest one of about 150 to 200 people occurred near UNLV.

Everything was peaceful as the protest moved along the west side of the UNLV campus. The march to protest the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed at the hands of officers, started at 7 p.m.  

People were there to share their pleas for justice and equality. They also took the time to condemn the vicious shooting attack on a Metro Police officer Tuesday night. Las Vegas Metro Police say 29-year-old Officer Shay K. Mikalonis was shot and critically injured while working patrol during a protest. 

Protesters 8 News NOW spoke with on Tuesday say they want to protest in peace, and that the violence does not have anything to do with their message... Read More

Friends, others gather in show of support for injured Metro officer at UMC

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — There’s been no shortage of support for Metro Officer Shay Mikalonis and his family after he was shot and gravely injured near Circus Circus Monday night.

Mikalonis has been with LVMPD for four years, but many say the impact he has already had on the community could last a lifetime. 8 News Now spoke with close friends who gathered outside UMC and hope he makes a speedy recovery.

“My last words to him were to be safe,” revealed friend Lindsey Pinapfel. She spoke to Mikalonis just hours before he was shot. She still can’t believe he is now fighting for his life. “This is not what I would have expected for him. This is absolutely horrible. And hard.”

Lindsey and her sister Dana Pinapfel joined a group that gathered outside the hospital Tuesday evening, hoping the power of prayer can help heal the 29-year-old hero. ... Read More

INTERVIEW: Longtime civil rights leader Ruby Duncan speaks about latest protests

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Protests along the Las Vegas Strip are not unusual for those who have been involved in the Valley’s civil rights movement for decades. For them, it stirs up memories of earlier fights for justice.

In the 1960s and 70s, Ruby Duncan was at the forefront of Las Vegas’ civil rights activism.

In 1971, Duncan lead 6,000 people along a much smaller Las Vegas Strip.

Today, she is proud of the peaceful protests for justice, but disheartened the protests have to happen in the first place. 

She is outraged by the death of George Floyd.

“To be fair with you, I cannot for the sake of me look at that picture, with that man on his neck. I can’t look at it,” said Ruby Duncan, Civil Rights Activist.

“It’s a shame to see such racism that goes through this country. I’ve always tried to treat everybody right. To me, we’re all God’s children,” added Duncan... Read More

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

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