Off-duty Las Vegas police officer wounded in shooting

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A Las Vegas police officer was shot as well as two other people in an exchange of gunfire Wednesday night in the northwest valley.

The off-duty officer was involved in the shooting on Sunken Street near Gowan Road and North Decatur Boulevard, Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Larry Hadfield said.

The officer was taken to University Medical Center with nonlife-threatening injuries, Hadfield said.

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Later, police found three people involved in the shooting in downtown Las Vegas, and they were taken into custody, Hadfield said.

Two people were suffering from nonlife-threatening gunshot wounds and were taken to UMC for treatment. The third person was not injured.

The preliminary investigation indicated the off-duty officer saw several people surround a person and a confrontation was about to begin, according to a news release.

The officer attempted to “verbally diffuse the situation” when one of the people turned around with a handgun and pointed it at the officer.

Gunshots were exchanged and the officer went down while the people ran to a vehicle and fled.

A car was stopped near Fourth Street and Ogden Avenue and three people were taken into custody.

The shooting is the 14th officer-involved shooting for Metro this year. Per Metro policy, the identity of the officer will be made public after 48 hours..

Decatur was closed in both directions early Thursday morning as detectives continued to investigate. Streets near Fourth and Ogden were also blocked or restricted.

This is a developing story. Check back for more details.

Contact Katelyn Newberg at knewberg@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0240. Follow @k_newberg on Twitter. Marvin Clemons contributed to this story.

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