[cifnmedia] Victim Fires Handgun

  • From: Sean & Kimberly Aaron <cifn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: CIFN LIST <cifnmedia@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Mar 2004 10:32:32 -0800 (PST)

Accident Victim Fires Handgun While Nevada Firefighters Work To Free Him 

Las Vegas Fire & Rescue 

Las Vegas firefighters had a close encounter late Tuesday afternoon, after an 
accident victim they were treating in a single car accident fired a handgun he 
retrieved from under the dash. Firefighters were able to wrestle the gun from 
the victim and give it to police. No one was shot as a result of the gun being 
fired. Charges are expected to be filed against the individual by Las Vegas 
Metropolitan Police. 

Firefighters of Las Vegas Engine 210 had just been released from a business 
fire on Western Avenue and were dispatched to a single auto rollover on 
Paratore Way between W. Charleston Blvd and Valley View Blvd. at 4:39PM. When 
firefighters arrived, they found one SUV on its roof on the side of the road. 
They discovered one single victim inside the car, a male who needed treatment. 
Two firefighters entered the car to begin treatment when they heard a bang. At 
first they thought an airbag device might have gone off, but they soon 
discovered the victim had a 45cal automatic pistol in his hand and he just 
discharged inside the vehicle. The gun was pulled from the victim's hand by the 
firefighters and thrown outside the vehicle to a Metro Police officer who was 
on scene. Firefighters continued to perform medical treatment to the victim, 
which consisted of a head injury and transported him to a hospital. His 
injuries did not appear to be life threatening. 

The incident is being investigated by Las Vegas Metropolitan Police. None of 
the firefighters were injured during the incident. 


Sean A. Aaron (CIFN*1)
Central Illinois Fire Network

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