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Coroner identifies 2 men killed Monday by Metro officers


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

A Metro officer stands by patrol cars at the scene of an officer involved shooting outside a Speedee Mart at 3011 East Desert Inn Road Monday, November 15, 2010.

Updated Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2010 | 5:12 p.m.

The Clark County coroner on Tuesday identified two men killed by Metro Police in separate shootings less than five hours apart on Monday.

The coroner said Benjamin Bowman, 22, of Henderson, was fatally shot by police Monday after he allegedly held a knife to a bartender and attacked a patron with a bottle during a robbery at P.T.'s Pub, 2280 S. Nellis Blvd.

Bowman wasn't complying with officers' demands and said he was going to kill the bartender, police said.

Once the woman was able to free herself, three officers fired at Bowman, who was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

Also today, the coroner's office said 32-year-old Anthony Brenes, of Las Vegas, was killed in an earlier shooting Monday after police tried to use a Taser stun gun and a bean bag shotgun to subdue him.

Police say Brenes attacked officers with a sharpened walking stick outside Speedee Mart, 3011 E. Desert Inn Road, at the corner with Pecos-McLeod Drive.

Police said one officer fired a single round at Brenes after he began "swinging the weapon in a chopping motion" while continuing to approach the officers. Brenes died at the scene.

Capt. Patrick Neville of Metro's robbery and homicide bureau said police believe surveillance video cameras from the Speedee Mart captured the incident. Police were working with management at the store to obtain the video.

The officers involved in the shootings were placed on paid administrative leave per department policy. Police will release their names 48 hours after the incidents occurred.

Police say the two incidents weren't connected. They mark the 24th and 25th officer-involved shootings this year in Metro's jurisdiction.

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