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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.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected. Due to a reporter's error, the original version contained incorrect information about the shooting that the officers were involved in.

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 involved in an incident in which a fugitive who was wanted in Ohio on a parole violation was critically wounded by gunshots at a Dotty's casino in Las Vegas.

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 the fugitive, identified as 29-year-old Jason Mahe, was fired upon, according to a Metro Police statement released Friday.

In a prepared statement, police said Mahe tried to pass counterfeit money at a 7-Eleven store near North Rancho Road and Vegas Drive about 11:30 p.m. and then fled to nearby Dotty’s casino, where the three officers caught up to him. Mahe allegedly pulled out a gun and refused to drop it when police instructed him to do so.

The officers then fired at Mahe, hitting him several times. Mahe was taken to University Medical Center in critical condition.

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

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