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Fire and Barricaded Person Cause Chaos in Downtown Las Vegas

By TheNevadaGlobeStaff, March 29, 2024 5:33 pm

Las Vegas, NV – A chaotic scene unfolded in downtown Las Vegas on Friday afternoon as firefighters battled a blaze and police responded to a barricaded person situation.

The fire was reported shortly after noon at 1215 S. Las Vegas Boulevard, near the Arts District. Several hotels, motels, apartment complexes, and wedding chapels are located in the vicinity.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police (LVMPD) reported they were responding to a barricaded person in the area, forcing road closures. Authorities confirmed the barricade was connected to the fire investigation.

Police Activity Leads to K-9 Injury

LVMPD advised the public to avoid the area due to heavy police activity. Just after 3 pm, LVMPD announced via social media that a K-9 officer was seriously injured while responding to the barricade. The injured canine was airlifted to a local animal hospital for treatment.

Details Emerge During Media Briefing

At an afternoon press conference, police explained the situation. A suspect had set a small fire within their apartment. Upon arrival of the SWAT team, the armed suspect (weapon identified as a knife) exited the apartment.

Officers deployed non-lethal options to apprehend the suspect, including K-9 Enzo, who was unfortunately stabbed during the confrontation. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

The use of K-9 units in similar situations is standard protocol for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

This is a developing story. Authorities are expected to release further information as it becomes available.

Credits: Fox5Vegas

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