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Intense pursuit caught on police body cam - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

Intense pursuit caught on police body cam - KVOA | KVOA.com | Tucson, Arizona

Newly released body cam video shows the moment a Las Vegas Metro Police officer opened fire on a pair of murder suspects during a pursuit.

In response to the LVMPD police officer shooting through his own windshield 11 times, assistant sheriff Tim Kelly explained that police "will not fire at, or from a moving vehicle unless it is absolutely necessary".

Investigators say the suspects fired 34 times and police fired 32 rounds. The passenger, identified as Fidel Miranda, 23, moved into the driver's seat and began to reverse toward officers before being shot and killed, according to police.

The suspect is now in jail and is charged with two counts of murder, three of attempted murder of police, and one of disobeying an officer resulting in death.

Metropolitan Police Department Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said in a statement that the second officer's vehicle was hit by bullets at least twice, forcing him to abandon the chase.

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After a few minutes of chasing and continued shot being fired, the officers chose to fire back at the suspects.

Police say Miranda and Nunez were well-armed and suspected in a homicide from just two hours prior to the pursuit. Nunez was arrested after being found suffering from gunshot wounds and was taken to the hospital, according to the station. Umana left his auto and continued to fire while plain-clothes officer Paul Soloman, 46, approached the passenger-side door. They were being chased after a fatal shooting of a man at a vehicle wash moments before the auto chase.

"The officer could have backed off - but he didn't". Miranda and Nunez also had aliases, "Cabezon" and "Kreeepper", respectively, which could be gang-related, he said.

He fired more shots after exiting the vehicle, forcing the suspects to come to a halt after crashing into a wall.