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April 18, 2014

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Metro releases names of two officers in Saturday shooting

Metro Police released on Monday the names of two officers who shot a man Saturday after he allegedly tried to steal two cars.

Officers David M. Denton and Theodore Richard Snodgrass III shot Las Vegas resident Terry Rogaczewski, 39.

Denton, 35, has been with Metro since June 2001. Snodgrass, 25, has been with Metro since October 2008.

The patrol officers — assigned to Metro's Southeast Area Command — have been placed on paid administrative leave since the shooting.

Denton and Snodgrass were investigating a report of gunshots at the Town & Country Manor III apartments on the 5300 block of Boulder Highway around 9:30 p.m. on Saturday. They arrived to find Rogaczewski attempting to break into a car, which had crashed into a brick wall.

Police said Rogaczewski tried to steal two cars prior to the officers' arrival.

Rogaczewski pointed his gun at the first car that entered the apartment complex, but the driver was able to escape unharmed.

When another car entered the complex, Rogaczewski fired his gun at it. The driver crashed into the wall, but escaped uninjured.

Police said Rogaczewski pointed his gun at the officers when they tried to speak with him. The officers then shot Rogaczewski, who was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

Saturday’s incident was the third officer-involved shooting of last week for Metro Police. Officers fatally shot a suspect Oct. 29 while investigating a shooting outside a central valley Ross Dress for Less store. On Friday, they fatally shot a man who was being evicted from his apartment after he grabbed a hostage and threatened her with a knife.

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