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Robbery suspect dies in police shooting at P.T.’s Pub

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Metro Police officers wait outside during an officer-involved shooting investigation at the P.T.’s Pub near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue on Monday, November 15, 2010. Three Metro Police officers shot and killed a man inside the tavern as the man was holding a bartender at knifepoint during a robbery attempt, police said.

Updated Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 | 7:16 p.m.

P.T.'s Pub Officer-Involved Shooting

Metro Police officers wait outside during an officer-involved shooting investigation at the P.T.'s Pub near Nellis Boulevard and Sahara Avenue on Monday, November 15, 2010. Three Metro Police officers shot and killed a man inside the tavern as the man was holding a bartender at knifepoint during a robbery attempt, police said. Launch slideshow »

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Three Metro Police officers shot and killed a man Monday morning inside a P.T.'s Pub in the eastern valley as the man was holding a bartender at knifepoint during a robbery attempt, police said.

Officers responded to reports of a robbery in progress about 10:30 a.m. at P.T.'s Pub, 2280 S. Nellis Blvd., near the intersection with Sahara Avenue. Police Capt. Patrick Neville, with Metro's homicide bureau, said officers arrived to find a 23-year-old man holding a female bartender at knifepoint.

The man wasn't complying with officers' demands, police said.

Three officers fired at the man, who was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

A male customer at P.T.'s was injured during the robbery attempt, but police didn't know the extent of his injuries or what caused the injury. He also was taken to the hospital.

Investigators are reviewing surveillance video. Police also are interviewing at least five patrons who were inside the business at the time of the shooting.

Neville called the shooting an "extremely dynamic situation" in which the officers were forced to make a split-second decision about entering the bar, knowing that someone was being held hostage inside.

David Lewis, 20, said he heard an unusual popping sound as he entered the Super 99ยข Center in the same plaza to pick up a job application.

"I was walking into the store and I heard a 'pop,' and I came out and there were cops everywhere," he said.

Police cordoned off a large section of the Winterwood Pavilion shopping center parking lot, which includes P.T.'s Pub, but nearby streets weren't affected.

The incident was the second fatal shooting involving a Metro Police officer in a span of five hours and marks the department's 25th officer-involved shooting this year. An officer fatally shot a man about 6 a.m. Monday less than four miles away outside a convenience store near Desert Inn Road and Pecos-McLeod Drive.

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