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Bodycam Shows Officer Shooting at Suspect Through Windshield

Published on Jul 16, 2018

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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10 Responses to Bodycam Shows Officer Shooting at Suspect Through Windshield

  1. flee says:

    Good thing he was a suspect.

    Otherwise ….

    This would be target practice.

    Because …ya know sometimes your just to bizzee to shoot at still targets.

    Plus I the think the cop is racist.

    He’s shooting a dark vehicle in the azz.

  2. mary in ND says:

    I must say once again…..when I see stuff like this I am reassured WE WILL BE VICTORIOUS!
    (for many reasons)

  3. JoeSTP says:

    Did you see how smooth this pig is with the mag change!!!

  4. Enemy of the State says:

    a lot of rounds being discharged with out knowing exactly where they landed

    I sure as hell wouldn’t want to be anywhere near that crazy MF’er ..very irresponsible gun use

    • Cynicles says:

      Cop was out of control. The shooting ( a lot of shooting!). Not letting others take over, he was way to crazed to continue the pursuit.

      Why didn’t any of the cops give him the slow nudge to the back right or left to spin him out?

      Less ‘roids for cops.

      • ubeteda says:

        couldn’t agree more.

        after the first burst of shots a truck is right there.

        lucky the dumbass didn’t kill an innocent bystander i mean “civilian”.

  5. marty wooton says:

    judge jury and executioner in action, speedy trial for sure.

  6. Harry NH says:

    Seems to Me this is fake or is it just Me. The still picture (introductory) shows good light on the instrument panel. The gauges read show zero. The motor is not running or the gauges are defective. Through out the video the gauges are darken out. Photo shopped maybe??

  7. NC says:

    Wow! Who needs a ride along when you got this?

    Why was he shooting the windshield? I’d hate to see what his chief will say when he finds out that the department has to pay for a new windshield. However, they’ll probably just start ticketing more next month to make up for the lost revenue due to insurance costs.

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