Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak activated additional members of the National Guard to “to provide support for State and local law enforcement,” the governor wrote in a tweet tonight. Sisolak said the increased units would aid Nevadans, the very people who make up the Nevada National Guard.
“The Nevada National Guard is made up of Nevadans,” the governor’s office said on Twitter. “They help in our times of need – from responding to wildfires to currently filling a critical need in our statewide response to COVID-19.”
In the meantime, NV 29-year-old Police Officer Shay K. Mikalonis remains on life support at University Medical Center after being shot last night while attempting to disperse a large crowd of demonstrators in front of the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino on the Vegas Strip.
Las Vegas police have identified 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego as the suspect in the Monday night shooting of the officer.
According to a department press release, LVMPD homicide detectives identified the suspect in video surveillance firing a handgun at officers as he walked down South Las Vegas Boulevard. Detectives tracked the suspect to a motel located across the street from the shooting.
Officers booked Samaniego into the Clark County Detention Center on one count of attempted murder of a police officer and two counts of unlawful discharging of a firearm.
About the same time, 11:22 p.m., Las Vegas police, and federal officers shot Jorge Gomez, 25, outside the Las Vegas federal courthouse. Gomez, armed with three Glock Handguns, one with a carbine conversion kit. He wore what appeared to be body armor reached for a firearm, and officers shot him several times. The man was pronounced dead on UMC. His death marked the ninth officer-involved shooting in 2020.
Organizers of Black Lives Matter are organizing another demonstration in Las Vegas tomorrow, and Mesquite officials report a possible event for Thursday in their small community some 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.
Mesquite Chief of Police MaQuade Chesley said: “Members of the Mesquite Police Department have a fundamental duty to maintain order and keep residents safe. We appreciate the community supporting us in fulfilling our commitments as they exercise their rights by peacefully raising their voices.”