Officer Shooting at Suspect Through Windshield

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Bodycam Shows Officer Shooting at Suspect Through Windshield

Las Vegas police on Monday released body camera footage of two men weaving through traffic and shooting at officers during a violent chase downtown that left one of the men dead and the other wounded Wednesday morning. Fidel Miranda, 22, and Rene Nunez, 30, are suspects in the fatal shooting of 25-year-old Thomas Romero, who was shot multiple times in the chest at a car wash at 1402 N. Eastern Ave. Romero died that morning at University Medical Center.\

 

While investigating that shooting, police found a 2000 Ford Expedition that matched the description of the suspects’ car just after 9:30 a.m., near near 29th Street and Constantine Avenue, Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said at a briefing Monday. Then the SUV sped off. Miranda and Nunez swerved around cars and raced through oncoming traffic — along Mojave Road, Charleston Boulevard and Eastern Avenue — while firing at police, Kelly said. They fired 34 rounds in five volleys during the pursuit, he said, while officers fired 31 shots.

 

The footage shows officer William Umana, 43, following the suspects, yelling “shots fired, shots fired” into his radio. When another police car joins the chase, Umana warned the officer to stay back. The second officer’s car was hit by bullets at least twice and could not finish the chase. As the chase neared its end, Umana can be seen in the video pulling his car closer to the SUV and firing 11 shots through his windshield and seven shots through his open window. One civilian’s car was struck by gunfire, Kelly said. 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 of the car and attempted to reverse toward Umana, Kelly said.

 

Umana left his car and continued to fire while plain-clothes officer Paul Soloman, 46, approached the passenger-side door. Soloman fired his shotgun once and hit Miranda. The vehicle 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. Umana and Soloman were not injured. Police arrested Nunez, who had gunshot wounds from either the previous shooting or the pursuit. Soloman, the plain-clothes officer, was not wearing a body camera, Kelly said. Nunez is accused of stealing the SUV on May 20 in North Las Vegas, Kelly said. One of the guns Nunez used during the pursuit was reported stolen from North Las Vegas on May 20. Miranda and Nunez also had aliases, “Cabezon” and “Kreeepper,” respectively, which could be gang-related, he said. Nunez faces multiple counts of murder with a deadly weapon and attempted murder with a deadly weapon. He remained in the Clark County Detention Center on Monday without bail. Kelly praised Umana and Soloman as brave and heroic. “The officer could have backed off, but he didn’t,” he said, referring to Umana.

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Fullauto223cal's picture

 

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eh's picture

Couldn't they have shot them in the legs?

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Neurosis Inc's picture

Haha!

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daftcunt's picture

Shooting and hitting them through the windshield, skills or luck?

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robbby1234's picture

Mad skillz

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robbby1234's picture

That's the most incredible video I've ever seen. And I've seen some weird fucking shit. 

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Beldazz's picture

Here's a novel idea; hands free police radios. Also, guns mounted to the front of police cars so you don't have to shoot through the windscreen. Cool video though, it's like playing GTA V in first person mode.

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eh's picture

Perfect situation for a HUMMVEE with a .50 cal.

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skeptoid's picture

Just like the resort areas on Mexico - hell of a lot of police jeeps with mounted heavy weapons. 

 

I don't recommend taking a vacation in Mexico - I didn't recommend it when I came back in 2007, and I super extra don't recommend it now.

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eh's picture

Funny, I was in Baja C in 2008 (Damn-10 YEARS ago and it seems like last year) and after watching street cops with submachineguns and having my camera taken by police then given back after I paid a ransom in U.S. cash, oh and some people slaughtered by drug gangs just a mile away, I swore I would never go south of the border again and I never will. There are areas in U.S. cities that are just as dangerous but I'm not going there either.

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danmanjones's picture

Fuck that's dangerous

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thegent's picture

it is man..someone could easily have been hit a few hundred yards down the road..

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Fullauto223cal's picture

But they weren't.

You know, it's possible someone could be hit by a stray round every time a cop is forced to fire his weapon.  Better disarm all the police I guess.

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thegent's picture

it was dangerous..no amount of shite talk changes that..

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blue_devil's picture

Isn't the officer shooting while driving putting the public lives in danger because of stray bullets ? Also he again start fiering towards the letft hand sidewalk , i mean there are windows and people behind those windows  that could get hit by his bullets what the fuk .

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Fullauto223cal's picture

Was the public indangered by two armed killers driving around free?

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