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Man to Plead to Reduced Charge in Las Vegas Strip Gun Case

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 21-year-old man who drew police gunfire for allegedly brandishing an unloaded handgun among tourists and traffic on the Las Vegas Strip is taking a plea deal that attorneys say will get him treatment for schizophrenia.

Kahleal Black waived a preliminary hearing Tuesday, and a Las Vegas judge scheduled his plea for Thursday in state court.

He’s due to plead guilty to felony resisting an officer with use of a firearm, and his case will go to mental health court.

Black’s attorney, Will Ewing, and prosecutor Marc DiGiacomo say evidence is clear that Black was in mental health crisis during the Jan. 22 incident near the Bellagio fountain.

Two bystanders escaped serious injury when they were grazed by police gunfire.

Black has since been diagnosed by state psychiatrists in Sparks.

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