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October 2, 2014

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Court records: Suspect in shootout has history of violence against cops

A man suspected of trading shots with a Metro Police officer last week is a convicted felon with a history of violence against cops, according to court records.

A police dog captured 30-year-old Joshua Bacharach on Thursday in the backyard of a home in the 4500 block of El Tovar Avenue after he fired multiple shots at an officer attempting to pull him over, according to a Metro arrest report released today.

A vehicle pursuit ended near Carey Avenue and Dolly Avenue, where Bacharach again fired at the officer, the report said. The officer returned fire at Bacharach, who fled into the yard where he was captured.

No officers were injured. Bacharach suffered bite wounds from the police dog and was transported to the hospital.

Bacharach was arrested on counts of attempted murder of a police officer, felony evading, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle and being ex-felon possession of a firearm. The Clark County District Attorney’s Office is reviewing the case. No formal charges have been filed yet.

Last month, Bacharach was sentenced to serve as many as three years on probation in lieu of a suspended prison sentence for attempted theft, according to court records.

It was far from his first brush with the law.

Court records show Bacharach pleaded guilty to felony charges of battery upon a police officer in 2003 and receiving or transferring stolen vehicles in 2009.

He was being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail, according to jail records. He is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday morning.

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