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NLV police release name of officer in July 18 shooting

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Updated: 7/22 1:10 am

NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. – The North Las Vegas police officer involved in the shooting on July 18 was Officer Robert Makinster.

Makinster has been an officer with the department for six years. This investigation continues and Officer Makinster remains on paid leave, which is routine in officer involved shootings.

North Las Vegas Police officers on July 18 attempted to stop a man driving a moped around 1:30 a.m. near Ann Road and Camino Al Norte.

The moped operator refused to stop, leading officers on a low-speed vehicle pursuit. During the pursuit, the man abandoned his vehicle in the front yard of a home on Rio Royal Way and continued fleeing on foot.

On Revere, the man turned and confronted officers, drawing what appeared to be a black semi-automatic handgun.

Officer Robert Makinster shot the suspect multiple times. He was transported to UMC Trauma, where he later died.

The man shot has been identified as Candace Johnson.

Investigators recovered a pellet gun that was a replica of a black semi-automatic handgun from the shooting scene. A backpack that the suspect abandoned during the pursuit also was recovered. It contained an additional replica of a black semi-automatic handgun.

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