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Las Vegas Police Officer on Life Support After Being Shot by Rioter


They claim to be protesting the deaths of innocent lives.

Yet in the process, lives are lost.

Last night, a Las Vegas police officer was shot in the head by rioters.

His crime?

Doing his job.

His mere presence at a riot meant that he deserved to be shot in the head by a radical lunatic.

The Daily Caller provides the following details on the matter:

At least four police officers in St. Louis, Missouri, were shot and another was killed in Las Vegas on Monday night, according to multiple reports.

The shootings come amid days of protests and violent riots in dozens of cities as law enforcement struggles to enforce curfews and prevent looting. Early reports say a U.S. Marshall was killed in Las Vegas after being shot in the head outside a federal courthouse and police have reportedly confirmed he is still on life support. Four St. Louis officers were also shot, according to multiple local reports, but all remain conscious and are expected to recover.

The shooting in St. Louis came during a prolonged shootout between police and an unknown number of rioters early Monday morning. Numerous videos on social media show civilians panicking in their vehicles as dozens of shots ring out.

In New York City, footage shows rioters appearing to gang up on a lone officer in the street. Hours later in Buffalo, New York, a rioter in an SUV reportedly plowed through a group of police and National Guard members.

Naturally, there was a firestorm on Twitter over the shooting of the officer:

So we protest the killing of someone by killing another?

This officer had a family, just like George Floyd did.

A family that now has to deal with the prospect of him never waking up again.

Fox News provided an update on the officer’s condition:

The Las Vegas police officer who was reportedly shot in the head on the Strip overnight Monday was still fighting for his life Tuesday night, according to reports.

Meanwhile, a 20-year-old suspect has been taken into custody and charged with attempted murder, according to FOX 5 in Las Vegas.

Officer Shay Mikalonis, 29, of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was in critical condition on life support after the suspect, identified as Edgar Samaniego, allegedly fired at officers from across the street on Las Vegas Boulevard while the officers were attempting to disperse a group of protesters near the Circus Circus casino, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Samaniego was apprehended by responding SWAT officers, the newspaper reported.

The shooting happened just before midnight Monday following peaceful protests over the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died in police custody in that city on May 25.

It was unclear if Samaniego was part of the protest. Most of the crowd had already gone home when the shooting occurred, according to the Review-Journal.

Samaniego was being held at the Clark County Detention Center without bail. He was previously arrested in April on drug-related and DUI charges.

Here’s the full statement from the Las Vegas Sheriff on the shooting:

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