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Police say man shot at during traffic stop arrested


Erin Dostal

A police car with an officer inside waits at the corner of Flamingo Boulevard and Jones Boulevard, on the perimeter of a blocked-off area after a shooting this morning by a Metro Police officer. Police are searching for a man in the area.

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2009 | 10:09 p.m.

Traffic stop

Metro Police have taken a man into custody after a traffic officer fired at him earlier Wednesday in the western Las Vegas Valley, officials said.

The man was identified as Nathaniel Dodd III.

Officers and a SWAT team began a widespread search after the 10:10 a.m. Wednesday incident, which began as a routine traffic stop near Twain Avenue and Jones Boulevard. Police closed the intersection and locked down seven schools in the area for hours.

Metro Capt. Randy Montandon said earlier the man "surprised" the traffic officer and there was some kind of confrontation between the two, but nothing physical. The man initially ran from his parked car but startled the officer moments later, causing the officer to fire his gun once, Montandon said.

Police said Dodd threatened the officer during the traffic stop.

Dodd was arrested at his mother's home, the same house where he parked his vehicle during the confrontation with the traffic officer, police said.

Dodd was wanted on three warrants, including on charges of domestic violence and coercion, police said. The traffic officer, whose name was not immediately released, was not injured and is on paid administrative leave, per department policy.

Kindergarten students were kept at the schools until police lifted the lockdown, said Starla Goedeke, a spokeswoman for the Clark County School District. "All students are safe," she said.

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