Las Vegas cop on life support after gunshot to head at George Floyd protest
A Las Vegas police officer was shot in the head and clinging to life early Tuesday after another night of protests over the police-custody death of George Floyd.
Cops were trying to disperse a large crowd of protesters in front of the Circus Circus Hotel and Casino just after 11 p.m. as the crowd hurled bottles and rocks at them, Las Vegas Sheriff Joseph Lombardo said at an early-morning press conference.
Officers were attempting to take some of the protesters into custody when a shot rang out and an officer went down, Lombardo said.
The officer was in a fight with another suspect when someone came up from behind and shot him in the head, police sources told KLAS.
He was taken to University Medical Center in extremely critical condition on life support, Lombardo said.
In a second Las Vegas incident, officers stationed in front of the Foley Federal Building to protect it from protesters encountered a man armed with multiple firearms who appeared to be wearing body armor, Lombardo said.
At one point, the man reached for one of his weapons, prompting the officers to open fire.
The wounded suspect was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, Lombardo said.
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