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October 17, 2021

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Police: Handcuffed man fired officer’s holstered gun during struggle

A man who shot a Metro Police officer at Allegiant Stadium early Sunday was handcuffed when he reached into an officer’s gun holster and pulled the trigger, Assistant Sheriff Lazaro Chavez said today.

The bullet struck an officer in the leg, and shrapnel hit a second officer, said Chavez, noting that both have been released from University Medical Center.

The suspect, Lyndon D. Troung, 28, of California, was taken to UMC for evaluation, where he remained this afternoon, Chavez said.

Troung was booked in absentia on counts of battery with a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm, battery with a deadly weapon, resisting officers with a gun, and discharging a gun within a structure, Las Vegas Justice Court logs show.

A judge set bail at $100,000 this morning, records show.

Electric dance music artist Illenium was playing a concert at the stadium about 1:30 a.m. Sunday when Metro officers saw Troung push a security officer and take off running, Lazaro said. Police chased him down and handcuffed Troung, who was acting erratically and ignoring orders, Lazaro said.

When officers and Troung got into an elevator that leads to a holding cell, Troung continued resisting, so officers pushed him into a wall to try to reposition his handcuffs, Lazaro said. During the struggle, Troung reached into an officer’s holster, firing a shot without removing the gun, Lazaro said.

Troung was next due in court Thursday morning, records show.