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Las Vegas police detail officer-involved shooting of man with sword, gun

Las Vegas police showed body camera footage and a 911 call while providing details about an officer-involved shooting of a 50-year-old man on Monday.

Officers found Edward Alexander armed with a 27-inch sword and later a loaded 22-caliber rifle when they arrived around 10 a.m. at the Lake Tonopah Apartments, 2151 Citrus Hills Ave., Assistant Sheriff Christopher Jones said Thursday.

Residents had called police to report Alexander was “walking through the complex swinging a sword,” Jones said.

Alexander retreated to his patio and told officers he had post-traumatic stress disorder and was not taking his medication. Jones said the man was “clearly agitated and upset.”

After about three minutes of communicating, Alexander went inside and returned pointing a rifle at officers.

The officers who fired were previously identified. Jones said Sgt. Matthew Vorce, 42, fired 15 rounds; officer Nicholas Gomez, 26, fired seven rounds; officer David Pangan, 44, fired five rounds; officer Justin Terry, 40, fired six rounds; and officer Gregory Tracy, 39, fired one round.

“The officers will be required to answer for every single round they fired,” Jones said. The officers remain on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Alexander suffered a minor injury to his left thumb.

He was charged with seven counts of assault on a protected person with a deadly weapon and one count of being a prohibited person owning a gun, Jones said.

Contact Sabrina Schnur at sschnur@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0278. Follow @sabrina_schnur on Twitter.

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