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Updated: 8/05 12:23 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) – The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released the identity of the officer involved in the shooting Sunday at Timberlake Drive and Trout Lake Avenue.

Sgt. James Oaks, 42, has been with Metro since September 1990. He is assigned to the Patrol Division, Northeast Area Command, and has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this event.

DeAnthony Brown, 24, and Kevin Lay Jr., 23, of Las Vegas, were arrested in the incident. Both face a long list of charges in a string of events that began in the 4800 block of Cleopatra Avenue in the northeast part of the valley.

According to Metro, patrol officers were dispatched just before 10 a.m. Sunday to an apartment complex in the 4800 block of Cleopatra Avenue to investigate a report of a man who had been shot. While officers were on the way to the location, a patrol sergeant was flagged down by a citizen who advised the suspect vehicle was a red Ford Mustang.

Officers found the suspect vehicle in the area of Alexander Road and Lamb Boulevard and attempted to conduct a vehicle stop. The Mustang did not stop and the officers initiated a pursuit. At the intersection of Timberlake Drive and Trout Lake Avenue, the suspect vehicle attempted to negotiate a turn, almost hitting a block wall. A marked police vehicle conducted a Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT), and the suspect vehicle spun and stopped.

Brown, identified as the driver, and Lay got out of the vehicle and fled on foot in different directions. Lay ran into a residence in the 3800 block of Clear Lake Court and refused to come out. Family members in the house exited without injury, and a short time later Lay exited and was arrested.

Brown, while being chased by officers, produced a firearm from his waistband, and turned towards the officers. The patrol sergeant fired several rounds, striking Brown, who dropped to the ground. The sergeant and officer took Brown into custody and rendered medical aid until medical personnel arrived. He was then transported to the UMC Trauma Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
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