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Suspect shot by FBI outside casino dies from injuries

Updated Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 | 12:40 p.m.

Map of Arizona Charlie's Boulder Hotel and Casino

Arizona Charlie's Boulder Hotel and Casino

4575 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas

The suspect shot Thursday afternoon outside Arizona Charlie's on Boulder Highway by an FBI agent has died from his injuries, Metro Police reported.

The shooting happened about 3 p.m. as the Criminal Apprehension Team — a multijurisdictional task force charged with locating some of the region’s most serious criminals — moved in to an arrest a man in the casino’s parking lot.

Metro Sgt. John Sheahan said a SWAT unit from the FBI’s local field office was assisting with the operation when an agent fired. The FBI has not said why the agent fired at the suspect.

The man was taken to a hospital and was undergoing surgery immediately after the shooting, FBI agent Patrick Turner told the Associated Press on Thursday. Sheahan said it was unclear when the suspect died.

Officer Bill Cassell, a Metro spokesman, confirmed today the suspect was being arrested on a warrant stemming from an armed robbery committed May 31, 2011, at a local fast food store.

The man was also a "person of interest" in a July 22 homicide at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of South Decatur Boulevard, Cassell said. In that case, 38-year-old Esteban Meza was discovered dead with a gunshot wound to his head. The Clark County Coroner’s Office ruled Meza's death a homicide.

Sun reporter Jackie Valley contributed to this story.

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