(Las Vegas, KXNT)- Metro officers have been told to pair up after it was learned the department’s radio system was worsening.

Metro has had transmission problems with the radio system for years and the problem reared its ugly head again during the city’s most recent officer involved shooting.

That officer involved shooting involved Officer Ryan McNabb who was shot at several times by a suspect while on a car chase. Fortunately, the officer was not hit. Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo believes the radio did not work as intended during that call, saying it’s something that continues to be investigated.

“It appears on the face value that it is getting worse at this time. So we made a decision as a department for officer safety to double up our officers,” the assistant sheriff said.

Lombardo says they are working to remedy the situation as soon as possible.

During the news conference, he also spoke about the number of officer involved shootings the department has dealt with this year. To date, Metro has had 11 OIS in 2014, an increase from 7 at this same time in 2013 and 5 in 2012. In each OIS this year, the suspect was armed.

“I wouldn’t say overall society is becoming more violent, but that’s the appearance here with our associated shootings, ” added the assistant sheriff.


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