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Ricardo Torres-Cortez

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Ricardo Torres-Cortez is a public safety reporter for the Las Vegas Sun. Though he was born in Mexico and lived in Texas, he considers the Las Vegas Valley home. He previously covered breaking news at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, and started at the Sun after graduating from UNLV in December 2015.

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Sheriff Lombardo honors several of '1,000 heroes'
Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017
A visually emotional Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo on Friday leans in and sets both hands on a podium during the latest Route 91 Harvest Festival massacre public briefing, saying that there are “1,000 heroes out there,” some who are his officers. ...
Sheriff again adjusts timeline of Strip shooting
Friday, Oct. 13, 2017
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo today again adjusted the timeline of events surrounding the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, now saying a Mandalay Bay security guard was shot close to the same time the gunman opened fire on a festival crowd, not ...
MGM Resorts: Gunman shot at crowd seconds after shooting guard
Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017
“We know that shots were being fired at the festival lot at the same time as — or within 40 seconds after — the time Campos first reported that shots were fired ...
Police: Officer shoots man brandishing pellet gun
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
An officer shot a man who yelled “die” as he charged at police Wednesday night with what was later determined to be a pellet gun, Metro Police Capt. Kelly McMahill said.
The shooting was reported about ...
2 arrested in Henderson beating death of veteran, 71
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
A man and a child are facing a murder charge following a “lengthy investigation” into death of an elderly veteran who suffered fatal injuries in a beating earlier this year ...
Las Vegas murder suspect nabbed after falling through ceiling
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
A murder suspect was arrested on Saturday after he fell through a drywall ceiling as he tried hiding from authorities, according to Metro Police ...
'Thank you for supporting us': Metro praises community via video
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Metro Police released a video Wednesday afternoon as a gesture of appreciation to the community that has given its support to the agency in the days following ...
Suspect arrested in 2016 North Las Vegas slaying
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
North Las Vegas Police today announced the arrest of a suspect in the shooting death of a man more than ...
$1 million grant will help pay for mass shooting response
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
The federal government has awarded Nevada a $1 million grant to assist with the costs of responding to the Oct. 1 mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip. President Donald Trump ...
Authorities find nearly 2,400 marijuana plants in Nye County
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
Local and federal authorities found and destroyed 2,385 marijuana plants last month in Nye County, authorities said today. The plants were transported in about a dozen helicopter flights to ...
Police: Man found dead in street after fight
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
A man was killed in a street fight Tuesday night near Jones and Charleston boulevards, according to Metro Police. Medics and police officers were dispatched about ...
Unmarked police car, gun, badge stolen from garage
Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
An unmarked white Metro Police cruiser, along with a handgun, badge, uniform and other equipment, was stolen from a garage Monday during a burglary in the ...
Precise timeline remains elusive in Metro's probe of mass shooting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
Investigators on Tuesday continued to solidify a precise timeline of what occurred in the minutes leading up to a gunman spraying bullets on a country music concert on ...
Student stabbed in fight at Chaparral High School
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
A 14-year-old girl is expected to recover after being stabbed multiple times in the chest during a fight this morning with another female student at Chaparral High School, according to the Clark County School District. Police arrested ...
Vice President Pence during local address, 'We are all Vegas Strong'
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
The shooting was a “tragedy of unimaginable proportions,” Pence said, giving a nod to first-responders and “everyday Americans,” who through their actions avoided further ...
Firefighters' training kicked in, helping curb shooting death toll
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017
Still in Joe Geeb’s mind days after the shooting: concert attendees scattering from the festival grounds, the injured being loaded into pickup trucks, speeding cars with their doors open, and the smell of burning rubber as ...
Vice President Pence to make appearance Saturday in Las Vegas
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Vice President Mike Pence will address Las Vegas Saturday from City Hall following the “Pray Unity Walk,” which will see community members march to the government building from four different locations, according to city officials ...
More than 1,000 leads but still no explanation for Strip massacre
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
Five days after Sunday’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip, investigators scouring the background of the gunman “from birth do death” still can’t explain why he opened fire on a country music festival, killing 58 people and ...
Community mourns slain Metro officer, beloved by fellow cops
Friday, Oct. 6, 2017
On Thursday night, the community again reeled from a tragedy — its collective heart heavy — over the death of Hartfield and 57 others, who moments before the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history had been simply enjoying ...
Coroner: All 58 Las Vegas shooting victims identified
Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
All 58 people killed in Sunday’s mass shooting on the Las Vegas Strip have been identified, and their names will be made public later today. Most of the victims ...
CCSD says 'unsubstantiated' school shooting threat being investigated
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Authorities are investigating an "unsubstantiated" threat that has spread online about a possible shooting at at least one valley school, similar to reports from ...
Lombardo details shooting timeline, says gunman planned to survive, escape
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
The gunman who shot hundreds of concert attendees, killing dozens, was “disturbed” and lived a secret life over the last decade, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Wednesday night ...
'Time to get to work': Off-duty firefighters acted quickly to stem casualties
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
The three men are local firefighters but on Sunday were mere civilians enjoying a music festival — not worried about gunshots and not carrying any critical gear, such as radios ...
NLV gun shop that sold to Paddock claims to be target of threats
Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017
Employees of a North Las Vegas gun store where a gunman, who mowed down concertgoers from a hotel tower, bought firearms earlier this year have been ...
For many who survived carnage, Tropicana became a safe haven
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017
It's 11:08 p.m. Sunday, an hour after a barrage of gunfire began to fall upon thousands of attendees of a country music concert, many of whom turned from dancing to sprinting toward Tropicana Avenue, desperately trying not to be a statistic in the worst ...
List of fatalities: Sunrise Hospital official says patient in critical condition has died
Off-duty Metro officer is among the deceased in mass shooting
Monday, Oct. 2, 2017
Friends of Charleston Hartfield, a military veteran, Metro Police officer and newly published author of “Memoirs of a Public Servant,” in which he touted his victories, and highlighted his struggles as a police officer, identified him as one of Sunday night’s fatal victims. One of his last Facebook postings ...
Police ask for help in identifying suspects in restaurant robbery, stabbing
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Two armed men suspected in a robbery and stabbing of a restaurant employee Thursday night in North Las Vegas are being sought by authorities, according to city police. ...
Woman suffers critical injuries after being struck by car Friday night
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
A 40-year-old California woman suffered life-threatening injuries after being struck by a car in the east valley Friday night, according to Metro Police. ...
Metro identifies officer involved in shooting of suicidal man
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
Metro Police today identified an officer who on Thursday shot a man in the shoulder about the same time the man shot himself in the head after a brief car chase and standoff. ...
Police release footage detailing 2015 excessive force incident that led to officer's indictment
Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017
“Who the hell do you think you’re talking to?” said former Metro Police Officer Richard Scavone to a woman he suspected was engaging in prostitution after putting her in handcuffs. ...
Sheriff: Officers acted appropriately in detaining NFL player
Friday, Sept. 29, 2017
An internal probe into allegations by NFL star Michael Bennett that he was the victim of excessive force by Metro Police determined officers acted appropriately and professionally, Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said today. Barring any additional evidence, which includes 861 videos, 193 deemed pertinent to ...
Man, woman wanted in fatal NLV hit-and-run are identified
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Detectives have identified a pair of suspects linked to a fatal hit-and-run crash outside a North Las Vegas convenience store after a theft earlier this month ...
Mistakes made before officer fatally shot inmate at UMC, police say
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
A man called 911 saying he was armed with a pistol loaded with nine rounds and that police were going to shoot him or take him to jail. Less than six hours later ...
Police: Suicidal man takes own life after chase, standoff
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
A suicidal man shot himself in the head and died about the same time an officer shot him in the shoulder after a brief car chase and a standoff today behind a valley shopping center, Metro Police said. The incident ...
Loved ones left behind share grief in memorial for domestic violence victims
Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017
Teary eyed and wearing a gold necklace she’d given her daughter as a third-grader, Metia Linear spoke about the death of her child ...
Motorcycle-car crash kills 2 near Warm Springs, Eastern
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
A motorcyclist and a motorist are dead following a Tuesday night crash in the south valley ...
3 men sought in armed robbery of downtown Las Vegas taco stand
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Las Vegas police are looking for three male suspects in the armed robbery of taco stand late Monday near downtown ...
Police: Man pulls gun after crash; other driver shoots
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
Before giving chase to a car and then engaging in a shootout following a minor crash, an armed man — who later took bullets to his chest and mouth — pointed his gun at another driver, according to ...
Patrol: Trooper injured in crash after car runs red light
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
A Nevada Highway Patrol trooper was hospitalized Monday after her cruiser collided with a car that ran a red light, authorities said. The trooper, who was only identified as a 13-year veteran, was released from ...
Police: Motorist says he wishes deadly confrontation avoided
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017
A motorist arrested in the fatal shooting of another driver Thursday night told detectives that avoiding a confrontation would have been a good idea, but he didn’t have ...
Police ask for help in locating inmates who walked away from prison camp
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Two minimum security inmates are being sought by authorities after they walked away from the Jean Conservation Camp prison Friday night, according to the Nevada Department of Corrections. ...
Police identify driver arrested after multiple cars hit near middle school
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
Metro Police today identified a suspect accused of striking multiple cars while trying to run over a friend with a car near a west valley middle school Friday afternoon — a dramatic incident captured on video — as Clay Green, 24. ...
Incensed Greyhound bus passenger repeatedly stabs driver on highway near Sloan Friday night
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
A driver of a Greyhound Bus that was headed toward Las Vegas Friday night was stabbed twice in the chest and once in the thigh by an unruly passenger, who then tried to punch vehicles on Interstate 15 near Sloan, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. ...
Man arrested, charged with DUI after fatal crash Saturday morning
Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017
A driver suspected of being drunk is accused of running through a red light and killing two men in a car he rammed into this morning . ...
Driver hits several cars at Las Vegas school while trying to run over friend
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
A driver who struck multiple cars while trying to run over a friend this afternoon at a west valley middle school was arrested on a count of attempted murder ...
Patrol: 2 hurt, man faces DUI count after wrong-way freeway crash
Friday, Sept. 22, 2017
Seat belts are being credited with averting possible major injuries in a five-vehicle, wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 this morning, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol. The ...
Man injured in NLV road rage shootout is hit with charges
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
A man who was wounded in a shootout following a road-rage incident stemming from a minor car crash Wednesday is facing multiple charges in connection with the incident ...
Police: Apparent road rage shooting leaves man dead in northwest valley
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
A man was shot and killed and the suspected gunman, who told arriving officers he’d felt threatened before pulling the trigger, was detained following ...
Las Vegas event to raise money for Mexico earthquake victims
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
As the toll from the devastation of the powerful earthquake that rocked Mexico this week becomes clearer, Las Vegas-area groups have organized a fundraising event, with proceeds being funneled to ...
Barricade incident near Koval, Tropicana ends in 2 arrests
Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017
A person barricaded in an apartment this afternoon prompted Metro Police to shut down Koval Lane near Tropicana Avenue, Officer ...

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