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Off-duty detective acted quickly to prevent car-jacking

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Updated: 8/16/2013 11:01 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Metro says a car-jacking gone wrong turned into an officer-involved shooting.

An off-duty cop shot a man and now Metro is describing what happened.

Metro says an off-duty detective distracted the man who was trying to steal his car.

The detective acted like he was reaching for his keys but instead he was reaching for his gun which he had stashed in between the front seat and the center console.

The officer grabbed it and fired one shot.

The man shot, Saul Villegas, did not have a gun.

Villegas is from California and was visiting family in Las Vegas when on Sunday night he spotted Metro Detective Bernard Plaskett's 2007 Land Rover in the Excalibur parking lot.

Villegas hopped in and Plaskett's wife heard the door slam shut.

“She tells Villegas that this is not his car and to get out,” Undersheriff Jim Dixon said a the press conference. “Villegos responds by telling Mrs. Plaskett, ‘I’m taking this car. Get in. Let’s go for a ride.’ She also stated she believed he had a gun.”

Again Villegas did not have a gun but Villegas survived after he was shot once in the wrist.

He is in the Clark County Detention Center right now charged with attempted grand larceny.

News 3 was not told if the Metro officer was aiming for his wrist.

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