Sunday, June 8, 2014 | 5:43 p.m.
In the hours after today’s news that two Metro Police officers and an innocent bystander were killed by two assailants in a shopping area in eastern Las Vegas, local, state and national politicians from the area issued statements about the tragedy:
Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman: “This was a senseless and cruel act killing three innocent people, two who dedicated their lives to protecting all of us in our community and one who was innocently going about her daily life. At UMC Trauma and thereafter with fellow officers, I saw their pain was evident and clear. Their resolve was greater than ever to serve our community with loyalty, dedication and to honor the memory of their two comrades and friends. I immediately asked that flags at city facilities be lowered to half staff in remembrance of the officers and the innocent woman also tragically shot today.”
Steve Sisolak, Clark County Comission chairman: "My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the officers and all the men and women of the Metro Police department. This is a reminder of how important and how dangerous law enforcement is and the sacrifices these individuals are willing to make. They put their lives on the line every day."
Gov. Brian Sandoval (via Facebook): “I am devastated by the news today of two officers and an innocent bystander who were murdered in an act of senseless violence. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families. I am receiving regular updates with regard to this tragedy, and local and state law enforcement are assisting at the scene.”
U.S. Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev.: "Today is a tragic day for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and our entire community. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by today's senseless shooting, especially the family and friends of the victims. I have offered my assistance to Sheriff Douglas Gillespie and will continue to be in close contact with the Las Vegas Police Department as the situation develops."
U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev. (via Twitter): “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the LVMPD family and all those affected by today's tragedy.”
U.S. Rep. Steven Horsford, D-Nev.: “Horrible news today. Our thoughts & prayers are with the families of all the victims of the Wal-Mart shootings, bystanders & Metro. @LVMPD”
U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev. (via Twitter); “My prayers and thoughts are with the men and women of @LVMPD on this difficult day.”
U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev.: "I am terribly saddened by today's senseless shooting in the Las Vegas Valley. Metro Police officers do all they can to protect our residents and the millions of tourists who visit the region. This is a tragedy for all affected, including the Metro Police Department and the families of those killed."