VIDEO: Wanted Carjacker With Sawed-Off Shotgun Gets Taken Out By Cops
Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) released the footage of the fatal shooting of a would-be carjacker armed with a sawed-off shotgun (video below).
The incident began at about 2 p.m. on April 21 when an officer in a marked police vehicle spotted a white Acura being driven erratically near U.S. 95 and Charleston Boulevard, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
LVMPD Captain Nichole Splinter said the officer ran the license plate on the Acura and it came back to another vehicle, which told the officer that the car might be stolen, according to the Las Vegas Sun.
The officer tried to stop the car, but the driver wouldn’t stop and instead took off at a high rate of speed.
LVMPD policy says that officers cannot pursue a vehicle unless the suspect was in the middle of committing a felony or creating imminent danger to the public, so instead of chasing the Acura, they sent up a helicopter to watch him, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
Clark County Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said that, working in coordination with the police helicopter, unmarked patrol vehicles set up a mobile perimeter around the white Acura with the goal of using a “bubble tactic” to block the car in.
But the Acura didn’t slow down and ultimately reached speeds of more than 120 mph on the freeway and 80 mph on city streets, the Las Vegas Gun reported.
Sheriff Zimmerman said the driver – later identified as 24-year-old Chase Rosa – stopped briefly on Spencer Street at Sunset Road to drop off two female passengers.
The sheriff said those women told officers that Rosa had a shotgun on his lap inside the Acura, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
The video showed that Rosa finally stopped the car again on Twain Avenue in front of a red car that was pulling out of a parking lot.
Rosa appeared not to realize that all of the cars around him were unmarked police vehicles as he got out of the car with his shotgun and tried to carjack a red car he had blocked.
The video showed Rosa had raised his weapon and pointed it at the driver of the red car before he saw police officers approaching.
LVMPD said at least one of the officer identified himself as a police officer, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The video showed Rosa turned toward police, still holding his weapon up to fire, and the officers opened fire on him.
Rosa took a step and then collapsed to the ground, the video showed.
Bodycam showed officers quickly approached Rosa and ordered him not to reach for his sawed-off shotgun on the ground beside him.
Rosa was transported to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where he was pronounced dead, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The Clark County Coroner said the suspect had died of multiple gunshot wounds.
After the incident, police learned that the white Acura was stolen and that Rosa was wanted on a parole warrant out of Utah, the Las Vegas Sun reported.
Sheriff Zimmerman said Rosa had a lengthy criminal history that included arrests for a stolen vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, theft, and obstructing police.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content: