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Metro says man pointed assault rifle at police before he was shot

Reported by: Sergio Avila
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Updated: 4/21/2014 6:12 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Metro Undersheriff Jim Dixon said a man had aimed an assault rifle at two officers before they opened fire on the 40-year-old Travis Doering.

More details were revealed during a press conference at Metro headquarters on Monday.

Police say the suspect in this case had been acting erratically, according to Travis Doering's roommate.

When officers arrived they saw Doering pacing around the home and talking to himself.

They tried negotiating with the suspect for about an hour and a half but they could not get him to surrender.

Undersheriff Jim Dixon said SWAT was called in to take over the scene and as those officers were taking their positions, Doering came out of his apartment with his rifle in hand.

This was the the sixth LVMPD officer involved shooting of 2014. This incident began on April 8, outside a home located at 5689 Maceta Avenue.

Officer arrived at the residents at approximately 3:21 a.m. when a man contacted the Metro Dispatch Center to say that his roommate, later identified Doering, was acting in an erratic manner and was armed with a rifle.

The roommate left the residence and met with arriving patrol officers down the street from the residence. As patrol officers were setting up containment of the area, they noticed Doering walk briefly outside of the residence holding a rifle.

A patrol officer, certified as a Crisis Intervention Team member, was able to contact Doering on the phone and asked him to surrender to officers. Doering refused but said he would meet officers nearby. Officers explained to Doering that his home was surrounded.

An approximately 90 minute phone conversation then ensued between the officer and Doering. During that time, Doering was going into and coming out of the residence while armed with the rifle.

While officers were talking with Doering, the LVMPD SWAT unit was requested and they responded to the scene. As arriving SWAT Officer Jessie (John) Wiggins arrived and took up a position near the residence, Doering came outside armed with the rifle.

He paced in the driveway and put the rifle down and then picked it back up again. Doering then placed a magazine into the rifle and chambered a round of ammunition.

Officer Wiggins saw Doering aim the rifle in the direction of two uniformed patrol officers who were stationed near the residence. Fearing for the lives of the two officers, Officer Wiggins fired one round, striking Doering.

Medical assistance was immediately rendered to Doering but he was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Doering was armed with a Norinco SKS rifle chambered for a 7.62x39 caliber round. There was also a MAC-10 semi-automatic machine pistol and a bandolier of 7.62 ammunition, which were subsequently recovered inside of the residence.

This investigation remains ongoing. Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Section at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on the internet at


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