Man Accused of Shooting, Paralyzing Metro Officer Enters Plea

Shooting Happened During BLM Protest In June

Mitch Kelly
September 18, 2020 - 5:14 am
Mug shot of suspected Metro Police shooter Edgar Samaniego

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - The man accused of shooting and paralyzing a Metro Police officer during a Black Lives Matter protest back in June pled not guilty during a court appearance on Thursday.

Prosecutors say Edgar Samaniego shot officer Shay Mikalonis in front of Circus Circus as Mikalonis and other officers were attempting to disperse protesters in front of Circucus Circus on the morning of June 1st. Samaniego's attorney says his client fired shots, but those shots were fire in the air to help police clear the protesters.

At a preliminary hearing held a couple of weeks back, a security guard said with 100% percent certainty that Samaniego was the one who fired the shots at Mikalonis.

Mikalonis is paralyzed from the neck down, and is currently at a rehab facility out of state. Samaniego’s pre-trial hearing is set for December 1st, with trial set to begin in early 2021.