HENDERSON, NV (KXNT) – A carjacking suspect who led Nevada Highway Patrol on a chase across Las Vegas before attempting a second carjacking against an elderly couple in Henderson was shot by troopers during the violent attack, according to authorities.
The sequence of events began when the suspect carjacked a woman at the AM/PM location on the 2300 block of Fremont Street in Las Vegas around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, NHP public information officer Jason Buratczuk said. A passerby attempted to help the female driver and both suffered injuries when the suspect hit both people while making his escape.
Moments later, the Toyota Scion was spotted by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper driving erratically on U.S. 95 near Las Vegas Boulevard. Buratczuk said the trooper attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver took off in an attempt to escape.
During the chase, the Scion hit another vehicle on 95 near Charleston. The driver of that vehicle was not injured.
As another NHP unit joined the 10 to 12-mile chase, Buratczuk said the suspect got off the freeway, ultimately driving the Scion into the receiving area of Findlay Cadillac on Auto Show Drive in Henderson.
Witnesses said the suspect approached an elderly couple in a Cadillac outside the dealership and attempted to steal their vehicle, violently throwing a 90-year-old man to the ground, Buratczuk said.
Troopers arrived and attempted to subdue the suspect, who was shot in the torso while escaping from officers and trying to continue his escape in the Cadillac. It was not immediately clear whether the suspect was carrying a weapon when he was shot.
The suspect, who was identified only as a 28-year-old man, was taken to Sunrise Hospital. The extent of his injuries were not immediately known. The elderly man involved in the attempted jacking was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Buratczuk said Henderson and Las Vegas Metro police were investigating the incident.