Video Released Of Metro's Arrest Of Man With Gun, Sword

Incident Was 10th OIS For Metro Police In 2020

Mitch Kelly
June 26, 2020 - 4:32 am

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LAS VEGAS, NV (KXNT) - Las Vegas Metro Police met with the media on Thursday to discuss details of an officer-involved shooting from Monday.

Monday morning,  the LVMPD received a report of a man, later identified as 51- year-old Edward Alexander, walking through the apartment complex near Lake Mead and Tonopah swinging a sword.

Based on the details, the call was designated for Supervisors Tactic for Armed Subject Response (STAR) Protocol. Calls designated STAR Protocol involve subjects who are armed with firearms or other dangerous weapons and are using it in a manner that death or serious bodily injury could occur.

Several patrol officers and a sergeant were dispatched. A tactical vehicle was also dispatched which is equipped with additional low lethal tools that officers can utilize to help bring volatile situations to a peaceful conclusion.

Arriving officers located Alexander standing by his apartment sliding glass window with a sword in a scabbard across his back. Officers immediately began de-escalating the situation by asking Alexander to drop the sword while keeping their distance.

Alexander was yelling and appeared to be agitated. As more officers arrived, an immediate action team was formed. Officers were equipped with several low lethal weapons including a low lethal shotgun and a 40 mm launcher. Officer Nicholas Gomez, Officer David Pangan, Officer Justin Terry and Officer Gregory Tracy were part of the immediate action team. Sergeant Matthew Vorce arrived a few minutes after officers had establish communication with Alexander. After a few minutes of dialogue, Alexander went inside of his residence and came back out holding a rifle. 

Alexander pointed the rifle at the immediate action team, which caused Sergeant Vorce and Officers Gomez, Pangan, Terry and Tracy to fire their weapons at him.

Alexander went back inside his apartment and then re-appeared back outside with the rifle pointed at officers again. Officers fired more rounds at Alexander causing him to go back inside his apartment for a second time.

The LVMPD SWAT and Crisis Negotiation Team arrived and took over communications with Alexander. Over the next two and a half hours, Alexander paced back and forth unarmed between his apartment’s porch and the front door. Throughout this time, Alexander was visibly upset and was yelling at officers. Eventually SWAT officers used an Electronic Control Device (Taser) on Alexander and took him into custody.

Alexander was transported to UMC and treated for minor injuries to his hand and then booked into the Clark County Detention Center for the following charges: • 7 Counts of Assault with Deadly Weapon on a Protected Person • Prohibited Person in Possession of Firearm 

This is the 10th officer involved shooting of 2020. The LVMPD Force Investigation Team is conducting the investigation into the officers use of force in this incident. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.