DASHCAM: Officer Shoots Through Windshield
Suspects wanted for murder fired on officers during pursuitBy Calibre Press | Jul 17, 2018
Las Vegas police on Monday released body camera footage of two men weaving through traffic in an SUV and shooting at officers during a chase near downtown that left one of the men dead and the other wounded.
The footage from Wednesday morning shows officer William Umana following Fidel Miranda, 22, and Rene Nunez, 30, and yelling “shots fired, shots fired” into his radio. When another police car joined the chase, Umana warned the officer to stay back. The second officer’s car was hit by bullets at least twice, and the officer could not finish the chase, Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said at a briefing Monday.
As the chase neared its end, Umana, 43, pulled his car closer to the SUV and fired 11 shots through his windshield and seven shots through his open window.
Nunez exited the car as it was still moving near Hollingsworth Elementary School, 1776 E. Ogden Ave., and ran up steps outside of the school and attempted to enter, but the door was locked, Kelly said.
Miranda moved to the driver’s seat and attempted to back up toward Umana, Kelly said. Umana left his car and continued to fire while plainclothes officer Paul Solomon, 46, approached the passenger-side door.
Solomon fired his shotgun once and hit Miranda. The SUV came to a stop at the north wall of the school, and Miranda was handcuffed while medical was called, Kelly said.
|Miranda was pronounced dead at the scene. Officers Umana and Solomon were not injured.|
Police arrested Nunez, who had gunshot wounds from the pursuit or from a shooting earlier that morning.
Miranda and Nunez are suspects in the death of 25-year-old Thomas Romero, who was shot multiple times in the chest Wednesday at a car wash at 1402 N. Eastern Ave., police said. Romero died that morning at University Medical Center.