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Bodycam footage shows the chilling moment a stand-off erupts into shootout ending with two Las Vegas cops wounded and suspect killed

August 8, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Bodycam footage shows the chilling moment a stand-off erupts into shootout ending with two Las Vegas cops wounded and suspect killed

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Bodycam footage shows deadly gun battle in Las Vegas

Bodycam footage captured the moment a driver opened fire at two police officers before he was shot and killed in Las Vegas.

The video, which was made public on Friday, shows 33-year-old officer Richard Nelson and another unnamed cop having a tense discussion with Miguel Salas, 25, after they approached his vehicle.

The bodycam footage shows the cops arguing with Salas about leaving his car, but he resists, saying he hasn’t done anything wrong – before he brandishes a pistol and opens fire.

Metro Police Sergeant Jeff Clark said at a news conference that authorities had been dispatched to a report of a suspicious vehicle linked to a stolen phone.

Salas (pictured) was linked to a stolen cell phone. He argued until one of the officers called for backup

They approached Salas’ vehicle just before 4:30 pm after finding it parked.

The video, which was recorded on Nelson’s bodycam, starts with Salas maintaining his innocence and refusing to get out of his car.

After he tries to reach for something in the vehicle, Nelson holds his left hand and the other officer joins them at the driver side window.

When Nelson requests backup, Salas sighs and pulls a handgun out. Both officers back up suddenly as shots are fired.

Salas initially fires towards the other cop but then turns and shoots at Nelson, who shot back.

“Shots fired! I’ve been hit!” he yells into his radio as he reloads.

Miguel Salas (pictured) pulled a gun (circled) on two cops on Tuesday after they approached him in his vehicle and tried to convince him to get out

He’s heard coughing as he waits for backup. Finally, another LVMP cruiser picks him up as the video ends.

According to Clark, Nelson – a father of four – was wearing a bulletproof vest when he was shot and was later released from the hospital.

The other cop was also hit, but his uniform saved him. His condition is unknown.

Selas was killed after being shot in the head. Authorities recovered two pistols that to Salas.

One was a loaded .25 caliber pistol, and a .40 caliber pistol that was used to fire on the officers, The Daily Mail reported.

Nelson, who has been working with the department since 2009, is on paid leave while the case is investigated.

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