Las Vegas, Nev. (FOX5) – Las Vegas Metropolitan Police have shared more information about a shooting that left an officer dead in the line of duty last week.
It was only 32 seconds before Officer Truong Thai stopped his car and approached Tyson Hampton’s car to open fire. LVMPD has released body camera video of the shooting from last Thursday, Oct. 13, when Metro officers responded to a domestic violence call from a woman near Flamingo and University Center.
When Officer Tai arrived on scene, he found the suspect in his vehicle and asked him to put his hands on the steering wheel, but the suspect then removed his hands and reached for the passenger seat. That’s when Officer Tai reached out to take her hands. Officer Tai then backed up as Hampton drove his car.
That’s when the shots were fired.
Officer Thai fired just five shots, Officer Ryan Gillihan fired seven, and Hampton fired 18 rounds while driving slowly with his modified handgun to fire the AK 47.
Tai then hit him from the side, which entered his bullet belt.
“But even after being fatally wounded, Officer Tay was able to put the fire on the ground,” Assistant Sheriff Andrew Walsh said.
Police made a radio call and an officer nearby saw Hampton in his car. LVMPD said he was not available.
Video from Metro’s aerial unit cameras showed they eventually arrived near the Desert Inn and East, where officers also conducted a ditch maneuver to stop Hampton.
Hampton was eventually taken into custody with the help of a police K-9
This is the 10th police shooting in the metro area this year. Thailand’s funeral is scheduled for Friday, October 28.
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