Cameras capture deadly officer-involved shooting at Las Vegas casino

Posted at 8:27 AM, Mar 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-19 10:27:55-04

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released bodycam and surveillance video that show the moments that led up to a deadly officer-involved shooting at the Bellagio on Friday.

LVMPD has identified the suspect as Michael Cohen, 47.

Police say an officer shot him after he robbed the casino cage in the poker room, tried to carjack someone at the resort’s north valet parking area, then fired at officers, hitting one in the chest.

Officer Joaquin Escobar, 29, shot Cohen once, according to Metro Police. He later died.

The officer who was shot in the chest was wearing a bulletproof vest and is expected to be okay, according to police.

Body camera footage and surveillance video show Cohen first get into a white Mercedes and struggle to get it to start. He then approaches a black BMW that just pulled in, pulls out a gun and tries to take that car. Police say officers issued verbal commands that he get on the ground, but he did not listen and fired at the officers.

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