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93-year-old gunman fires at maintenance worker, Las Vegas police say

Las Vegas Metro Police released video of the department's first officer-involved shooting of 2020.

Posted: Jan 6, 2020 10:31 PM

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Las Vegas Metro Police say a 93-year-old man shot a maintenance worker at his apartment complex, then a responding officer opened fire on the 93-year-old.

Two officers were responding to the suspect, Robert Thomas with a gun at the management office on Thursday, Jan. 2 when they rushed to the office doors.

"And through a glass door saw Thomas holding a firearm as he stood over a male who was lying on the floor," said Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman.

Officer Hornyak, one of those two responding officers, fired one round at Thomas but did not injure him.

Police say Thomas was upset with management about water damage and flooding in his apartment.

After making threats, police say Thomas went to the office and shot a maintenance worker twice in his legs before police shot at him.

"It turned out that the round that was fired by Officer Hornyak through the glass door went through the lapel of Thomas' jacket but did not penetrate his skin," said Zimmerman.

Police say Thomas had no criminal history but it was the quick decision by officers that saved lives.

"They heard the shot and the key was the officer told his partner they had to make entry due to the possibility of any more people being injured or killed while inside that apartment complex office not knowing what they had," Zimmerman continued.

Police say the victim was treated and released from the hospital and is doing okay.

Thomas was treated for head injuries from glass, suffered when he was taken down to the floor during the arrest.

He faces felony charges, including attempted murder with a deadly weapon.

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