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Metro releases names of officers in shooting


Steve Marcus

Traffic on Charleston Boulevard is diverted away from the scene of an officer-involved shooting near Charleston and U.S. 95, Monday, March 3, 2014.

OIS by Charleston and Highway 95

An Nevada of Transportation truck drops off traffic cones near the scene of an officer-involved shooting by Charleston Boulevard and Highway 95 Monday, March 3, 2014. Launch slideshow »

Metro Police today released the names of three officers responding to an attempted-robbery report on Monday when a suspect who raised a gun at them was shot and critically wounded, authorities said.

Officer Darrin Kaplan, 44, who has been with Metro for more than five years, Officer Chrisnar Sok, 28, a four-year veteran and Officer Christian Belt, 35, who has been with Metro for five years, were on the scene when Julio Estrada-Lopez was fired upon, according to a Metro Police statement released Friday.

The statement does not indicate how many of the officers fired their weapons.

Police encountered Estrada-Lopez, 41, near Charleston Boulevard and U.S. 95 after reports came in of man who had attempted to rob two people in the neighborhood, officials said.

Estrada-Lopez, who was armed with a gun, did not respond to commands and refused to drop the weapon, police said.

Instead, he made the sign of the cross and was beginning to point his gun at the officers when they opened fire, striking him in the torso, according to an arrest report.

Estrada-Lopez was arrested on four counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a police officer, two counts each of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of auto burglary while in a possession of a gun, and one count each of resisting arrest with a gun and attempted grand larceny of an auto.

All of the officers are on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of a review of the shooting.

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