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Officer involved in shooting near Tropicana, Celo identified

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Updated: 3/24 10:32 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released the name of the officer involved in a shooting Friday night near Tropicana and Celo Lane.

Sgt. Esmeralda Boveda, 29, has been employed with Metro since January 2003. She is assigned to Southeast Area Command Patrol Division. Officer Boveda has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome and review of this event.

According to a news release from Metro, officers received a call around 9:20 p.m. from a man stating his wife, later identified as Tania Torres-Espinoza, 49, was armed with two kitchen knives. The man further stated that she had left the residence and was heading to the area of east Tropicana Avenue and Pecos Road.

A responding officer observed the suspect still armed with a knife walking westbound on east Tropicana near Celo.

The officer immediately conducted a U-turn in order to make contact with Torres-Espinoza. As the officer stopped the car, Torres-Espinoza began crossing south through the westbound lanes of Tropicana.

Already out of her car, the officer attempted to use the patrol vehicle as a barrier between her and the suspect. Torres-Espinoza continued to advance, and the officer was forced to fire two rounds striking the armed suspect.

Torres-Espinoza was immediately transported to Sunrise Trauma Center.

Torres-Espinoza was booked in absentia and is charged with the following: assault with a deadly weapon (domestic related); assault with a deadly weapon on an officer; and resisting a public officer with a weapon.
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