LAS VEGAS — A man who was shot and killed by a Las Vegas police officer wielded a shovel as a weapon against a security guard and threw a hatchet-type tool toward the officer who opened fire, a police official said Wednesday.
Steven Allen Price, 62, also heaved a long-handled pickax late Saturday toward another police officer who shot Price with two “beanbag” shotgun rounds that had no effect seconds before Officer Matthew Terry fired the fatal shots, Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said.
McMahill aired police body camera recordings from both officers showing Price leaning out a window and shouting from the second story of a modest two-story home in a gated community northeast of downtown, and ignoring commands to drop the hatchet and pickax as he emerged into the street outside.
Price’s vehicle sat idling in the driveway with the doors open, music blaring and lights on during the confrontation.
McMahill said Price had been hit earlier with pepper spray by the neighborhood security guard who summoned police with a report that Price had chased him with a shovel.
Price is seen stepping toward Terry, who was almost 30 feet (9 meters) away, and throwing the hatchet tool in an overhand motion. McMahill said the tool, called a roofing hammer, landed about 10 feet (3 meters) behind Terry.
Price also used a two-hand motion to toss the pickax toward the other officer, who McMahill said was about 30 feet (9 meters) away in a different direction. The officer wasn’t hit. McMahill didn’t release that officer’s name.
Terry fired 13 shots, striking Price nine times, McMahill said. Other shots hit nearby vehicles and homes.
Terry, 25, a police officer for three years, was on paid leave pending department and district attorney reviews of the slaying. It was the fifth police officer shooting in Las Vegas this year. Two have been fatal.
McMahill said family members told police after Price was arrested in December in a domestic battery case that Price suffered from mental illness.
McMahill didn’t specify the type of illness, but said police and counselors tried in recent months to contact Price for a follow-up. He said they never reached him.