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Suspect shot at by SWAT officers charged with assault

Updated Friday, June 28, 2013 | 3:48 p.m.

Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone

The subject of a child pornography investigation is being charged with assault after he allegedly pointed a semi-automatic handgun at Metro SWAT officers who were serving a search warrant on his home.

Patrick Malone, 31, is charged in Las Vegas Justice Court with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. He remains jailed in the Clark County Detention Center, where his bail is $50,000.

On Thursday morning, SWAT officers were serving a search warrant at Malone’s residence in the Highgate Condominiums, 7100 Pirates Cove St., near Summerlin Parkway and West Tenaya Way.

According to a Metro arrest report:

SWAT officers at the scene announced via a bullhorn for anyone inside the residence to come out. After waiting about 15 minutes without anyone exiting the residence, SWAT officers made their way into the home.

Inside, one of the officers opened a closed bedroom door and encountered Malone holding a handgun. The officer retreated, yelling “gun, gun.” Malone then pointed the head of the gun outside the bedroom toward the retreating officer. Two other officers then opened fire, causing Malone to drop the gun.

No one was struck or injured as a result of the shooting.

Malone was taken into custody. He told police in an interview he had been asleep and awakened to voices on his porch. He also thought someone was in the residence. He grabbed his registered gun and opened the bedroom door. He pointed the gun out from the bedroom before realizing police were in the residence.

The child pornography investigation continues, Metro said.

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