Suspect Shot After Pulling Replica Handgun From His Waistband On May 16, 2013 at approximately 1:31 a.m. LVMPD Officers responded to the 1800 block of East Charleston Boulevard to investigate reports a suspect was firing a weapon at a residence. The first officer arrived approximately three minutes later and located the suspect, later identified as Miguel Alejandro Martinez, 29 years of age of Las Vegas, in an alley behind the residence.
When the officer attempted to contact Martinez, who uses the street name of “Psycho”, Martinez turned towards the officer as he pulled what was believed to be a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband. The officer fired several rounds from his handgun, striking and disabling Martinez who was transported to the UMC Trauma Center in critical condition. The officer was uninjured during the confrontation.
The preliminary investigation into this incident revealed the weapon Martinez pointed at the officer was a replica of a Colt .45 caliber semi-automatic compact handgun which fires pellets instead of live rounds. The replica weapon is designed to look and feel exactly as the original weapon. A photograph of a Colt replica pellet gun similar to the one possessed by Martinez accompanies this release.
It was also learned during the investigation Martinez was suspected of being involved in a disturbance at the same location approximately seven hours previous to this event, in which he reportedly shot at an occupant of the residence. Officers were unable to locate Martinez at that time.
Martinez’s criminal history includes multiple arrests for felony narcotics and stolen vehicle related charges, as well as minor traffic related offenses. A booking photo of Martinez from a previous arrest in January, 2013 accompanies this release.
The identity of the officer involved in this incident, who has been placed on routine paid administrative leave, will be released after 48 hours. This is the fifth shooting which has occurred this year involving an LVMPD Officer. The investigation into this incident remains ongoing. Anyone with any information concerning this event should contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers by phone at 385-5555 or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
Officer-Involved Shooting — Update Direct from Scene — Capt. Chris Jones