Vest saves officer’s life in Las Vegas shootout, suspect fatally shot

Vest saves officer's life in Las Vegas shootout, suspect fatally shot

Associated Press

LAS VEGAS — Police say a brief shootout outside the Bellagio hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip left a robbery suspect dead while an officer who was shot in his vest escaped serious injury.

Police Capt. Nichole Splinter said the suspect robbed the packed casino Friday night and was confronted by four officers as he tried to carjack a vehicle in the valet lot.

Splinter said the suspect fired at least one shot at an officer before being shot by a second officer.

She said the suspect's bullet hit the chest of the officer, whose vest probably saved his life.

A police spokesman, Officer Aden OcampoGomez, confirmed the suspect's death Saturday.

No identities were released. Police did not disclose how much money the suspect took in the holdup.