Dispersed agitators at the Black Lives Matter protest late Monday night began hurling rocks and bottles at police officers stationed in front of a Las Vegas Strip property. As officers tried to make arrests, a gunman standing across the street fired a single gunshot, striking and critically injuring Metro Police Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29.
On Tuesday afternoon, the fourth-year police officer remained gravely injured at University Medical Center, and on life-support, Clark County Assistant Sheriff Chris Jones said. His alleged shooter, 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego, is jailed on multiple counts, including attempted murder.
The shooting was one of two on the tourist corridor linked to a large demonstration organized to demand the end of police brutality following the killing last week of George Floyd in Minneapolis.