A Las Vegas police officer let go of the steering wheel, grabbed his handgun and shot through the windshield of his own vehicle during a harrowing high speed chase.
Body camera footage of the encounter shows officer William Umana aim his handgun at the vehicle in front of him and pull the trigger, firing multiple rounds directly through his front windshield and later out of the driver’s side window as he pursued two homicide suspects.
He fired more shots after exiting the vehicle, forcing the suspects to come to a halt after crashing into a wall.
#OIS body worn camera footage, https://t.co/MazRbpyDKm, shows the final minutes of a police chase as the suspects fire 34 shots at officers along busy streets near downtown Vegas, and the conclusion of the chase in which officers used deadly force to stop the threat. #LVMPDpic.twitter.com/NX8elYoCGC
— LVMPD (@LVMPD) July 17, 2018
Fidel Miranda, 22, and Rene Nunez, 30, tried to flee, but failed to continue to allude authorities.
Miranda was shot and killed, while Nunez ran from the vehicle and tried to hide on an elementary school campus before he was caught and arrested, WMUR reported.
He was booked into the Clark County Detention Center on nine charges, including two counts of murder, three counts of attempted murder, and one of a driver disobeying an officer resulting in death or bodily harm, jail records show, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
The pair of suspects, accused of fatally shooting Thomas Romero, 25, at a car wash around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, fired a total of 34 rounds at cops, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal.
“The officer could have backed off but he didn’t,” Las Vegas Sheriff Kelly said. “He stuck with it knowing what he was dealing with.”
The fatal incident marked the 10th officer-involved shooting and the fifth fatal shooting in 2018, records show.