Head Of Local Motorsports Company Involved In Fatal Shooting

Police Believe It Was Self-Defense

Associated Press
April 28, 2020 - 6:55 am

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Las Vegas motorsports company identified its president as the man who fatally shot a suspected car-jacker, an act authorities say was in self-defense.

Baldwin Motorsports issued a statement Monday that police are calling the shooting justifiable homicide.

Police say BJ Baldwin and his girlfriend were eating dinner in their car around 2 a.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the In-N-Out Burger at Tropicana and Fort Apache when two men approached.

According to the company, one of the man fired toward the girlfriend and then toward Baldwin. Baldwin returned fire, striking the first man. The second man then ran away. 

The couple fled and Baldwin called 911.

Responding officers pronounced the suspect dead at the scene. Neither Baldwin nor his girlfriend were injured.

Investigators say at least 15 rounds were fired in total. 

The company says Baldwin has a concealed weapons permit and has been cooperating with police and prosecutors who believe Baldwin acted in self-defense.

The second suspect remains on the loose.