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Security guards shoot, kill armed suspect at Las Vegas resort

South Point Shooting

Wade Vandervort

Investigators work a crime scene at the South Point Casino, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020.

Updated Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020 | 7:35 p.m.

Armed Suspect Killed at South Point

Investigators work a crime scene at the South Point Casino, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020. Launch slideshow »

An armed man who fired his gun was shot and killed by security officers at a south Las Vegas Boulevard resort Sunday evening, according to Metro Police.

Before the guards opened fire, the unidentified suspect had fired his gun near the valet area, and pointed the weapon at them multiple times, Lt. Ray Spencer said.

The shooting occurred about 4:30 p.m. at the South Point, 9777 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Spencer said.

The suspect, who was described as a white man who appeared to be homeless, walked into the property about an hour before the shooting, Spencer said.

As he left the property, the man pulled out a gun, prompting security to respond, Spencer said.

The man left through the valet area, walked a short distance, and shot the gun into the air, Spencer said.

The guards engaged him as he tinkered with the gun, which he then aimed at them, Spencer said. They didn’t immediately fire because their backdrop was the valet area, he added, praising their restraint.

They then repositioned themselves, and when the man pointed the gun again, they opened fire, striking him multiple times, Spencer said.

The entire incident was captured on clear surveillance images, Spencer said.

Hours into the investigation, investigators hadn’t been able to identify the man, find out what he was doing on property or why he fired the gun, Spencer said.