The World Series of Poker (WSOP) was in the spotlight from the end of May through mid-July as thousands came from all points of the world to compete in the world's biggest poker festival at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Today the host venue is in the spotlight for another reason.
Las Vegas police shot and killed an armed robbery suspect inside the casino during this past weekend. The Las Vegas Review-Journal, reports that Metro detectives were following an unidentified man that they believed was responsible for a number of armed robberies.
“On December 7, 2014, at approximately 5:05 a.m., detectives from the LVMPD Career Criminal Section were conducting surveillance on a suspect believed to be involved in multiple casino robberies,” the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department's press release said. “The suspect was believed to be armed with a firearm during the robberies and made mention of possibly having an explosive device.”
The detectives confronted the suspect outside the guest elevators. The suspect wasn't ready to give up without a fight and a taser attempt failed to slow him down. The suspect made a move of reaching for his waist area and detectives opened fire. Unfortunately the suspect was killed and when he was searched, he had a handgun. This shooting brings the total of officers involved in shootings in 2014 to 15.
The Las Vegas Fire Department bomb squad and Metro's Armor Section were part of the response team to the incident and the resulting report was they “rendered the suspect and the crime scene safe.” Apparently a different set of elevators was available and authorities were able to divert guests through them which kept the disruption of the hotel's operations at a minimum as a result of the shooting.
The following video was provided by Metro Capt. Matt McCarthy as part of an initial briefing from the Rio shortly after the shooting.