Police have released body cam footage from a wild shootout that took place in Las Vegas last week.
In a scene more reminiscent of Hollywood than real life, Officer William Umana of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department can be seen exchanging over 60 rounds of gunfire with two men suspected of fleeing the scene of a homicide.
“When you look at that video, you get a clear picture of what officers were dealing with,” Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said in a press conference. “In my opinion, they showed bravery and heroics we come to expect from our officers.”
The two suspects, Fidel Miranda and Rene Nunez, were armed with a S&W 40VE, a Glock 21 .45ACP, and a Taurus PT111. They fired 34 rounds during the pursuit and casings were collected from five separate locations. Umana fired 31 rounds of 9mm from his Gen 3 RTF2 Glock 17, and another officer fired one round from a Remington 870 shotgun.
Miranda was killed in the exchange while Nunez was arrested attempting to flee.
In the video, the suspects begin firing shots at Umana’s car during the pursuit, and the officer ducks low in his seat to avoid being hit, though none of the rounds appear to strike Umana’s vehicle. He stays in pursuit for several minutes before another police SUV joins the chase and takes fire from the suspects as well.
After another minute, Umana pulls directly behind the suspect’s vehicle, pulls out his handgun, hesitates for a moment, and fires five shots through his windshield while both cars are still moving forward. He fires another six shots, using two hands this time, but the suspects continue driving.
Umana then pulls his car beside the suspects’ SUV and fires seven additional shots out of his open driver’s-side window.
The suspects finally pull over and Umana yells “Get down” while reloading a full magazine. As the suspects attempt to drive away once again, Umana fires an additional 13 rounds into the suspects’ SUV as officers descend on the scene.
Both suspects had extensive criminal histories, including armed robbery, kidnapping, grand larceny auto, prohibited possession of a firearm, and assault with a deadly weapon. Nunez is being charged with open murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, discharging a firearm from a vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon, prohibited possession of a firearm, and disobeying a police officer resulting in death.
Umana is 43 years old and has been with the LVMPD for 17 years. He had been assigned to the Tourist Safety Division in the Downtown Area Command, but is currently on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the shooting investigation.