two firefighters entered the car to begin treatment when they heard a bang….at first they thought an airbag device might have gone off…
(02-02-04) 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.