Police: Officer, suspects exchange more than 30+ shots during Las Vegas chase

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (KLAS) — Las Vegas Metro Police held a news conference Monday at 3 p.m. to discuss more details from the officer-involved shooting that happened on Wednesday, July 11 in downtown Las Vegas.

One man was killed by police and another was wounded in the shootout. Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said one officer fired a total of 31 rounds and another fired one during the shootout. The suspects fired 34, Metro said.

The officers involved in the shootout with suspects have been identified as Officer William Umana, 43, and Officer Paul Solomon, 46. Umana has been with Metro Police for 17 years, and Solomon has been with the department for 12 years.

The suspects have been identified as Fidel Miranda, 22, and Rene Nunez, 30.

Both suspects have an extensive criminal past, Metro said.

Metro Police said it all started at 7:24 a.m. when officers responded to reports of an assault with a gun, at a car wash located in the 1400 N. Eastern. Police were told a man had been shot multiple times. Metro said the man was taken to the hospital where he died from his injuries around 10:12 a.m.

The suspect’s vehicle was said to be a 2002 black Ford Expedition. The vehicle was last seen eastbound leaving from the area of the car wash.

The suspects in the shooting were located by police around 9:31 a.m. in the area of Constantine Ave & Cooper Circle. However, the suspects fled the area. They were pursued by police. 

During the pursuit, both suspects fired numerous rounds out of their vehicles at officers.  They even drove into on coming traffic during their efforts to get away.

Officer Umana fired his weapon inside his vehicle to shoot back at suspects, Metro Police said.

Eventually, one of the suspects was hit and their SUV crashed into a wall at an elementary school.

Officer Umana approached the vehicle with his gun drawn, while still shooting at Miranda who was still in the car. 

Nunez, bailed out of the car and ran, but was later arrested.

Miranda was taken to the hospital where he died. Nunez has been booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

Some of the charges he faces are as followed:

  • Open Murder with a deadly weapon
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Attempted murder with deadly weapon protected person
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Discharging a firearm from a moving vehicle
  • Prohibited person with a firearm