Las Vegas, NV – An armed robber was shot by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) officers after he reached for the loaded weapon that he was carrying on his hip, bodycam footage showed (video below).
The incident began just after 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, when the LVMPD received a report of a robbery at an AutoZone store in the 8000-block of South Eastern Avenue, KVVU reported.
Police later identified the suspect as 20-year-old Steven Aguirre.
“Aguirre was described as wearing a mask and pointed the firearm at two separate employees during this robbery,” LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman told KSNV.
He ultimately took of with a cash register drawer, which was later found lying in the street, LVMPD Captain Nicole Splinter told KVVU.
Officers began searching for the armed suspect, who was also believed to have burglarized a Boys and Girls Club just prior to the AutoZone incident.
Surveillance footage from inside the club showed Aguirre as he rummaged through drawers with a gun clutched in his right hand.
At approximately 10:17 p.m., officers located Aguirre on foot in the area of Robindale Road and Fountain Heights Lane.
Bodycam footage showed the officers as they converged on the suspect with their duty weapons drawn, and ordered him to show his hands.
He had a gun holstered on his hip, but initially appeared to comply with the officers’ orders.
“Keep walking! Keep your hands up!” one of the officers commanded. “Come to me, man. Come to me.”
They warned Aguirre not to drop his hands, and told him not to reach for the gun still holstered at his side.
Aguirre walked slowly into the street, where officers ordered him to turn away from them and to kneel onto the ground.
He initially complied, then suddenly dropped his hands and reached towards the weapon.
LVMPD Officer Darko Milanovic fired one round, striking Aguirre in the left thigh, KVVU reported.
“Don’t f--king move!” one officer ordered, as they moved in to handcuff the wounded suspect.
“I won’t – I promise,” Aguirre responded.
Officers removed a revolver from the suspect’s holster, and determined that it was loaded with six rounds, according to KVVU.
He had stolen the weapon from his grandfather, a retired law enforcement officer who was out of the country at the time of the incident, KLAS reported.
Aguirre was rushed to Sunrise Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to KVVU.
He has been charged with resisting arrest with a firearm, burglary with a deadly weapon, and two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon, KLAS reported.
You can watch surveillance and bodycam footage of the incident in the video below: