In a report released today involving the death of Efren Trujillo-Soriano on April 11, 2016, the Clark County District Attorney's Office has determined that the actions of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers (LVMPD) were legally justified and reasonable.
On April 11, 2016, LVMPD Dispatch received several calls regarding a shooting at the intersection of Las Vegas Blvd. and St. Louis Ave. A man, later identified as Mr. Trujillo-Soriano, was seen walking up behind another man, firing a gun at him several times and then walking away, heading toward a Siegel Suites on Paradise Rd. One of the witnesses reported to the dispatcher that Mr. Trujillo-Soriano had returned to the scene and was now watching and videotaping the officers who were assisting the man whom he had just shot. Officers were notified over the radio that the suspect was among the crowd and one of them attempted to make contact with Mr. Trujillo-Soriano. Mr. Trujillo-Soriano pulled his gun and once again ran toward the Siegel Suites on Paradise Rd. As he came around the corner at the Siegel Suites, he began firing his gun at the officers who were stationed at the perimeter of the property. The officers returned fire and struck Mr. Trujillo-Soriano, who fell to the ground. Mr. Trujillo-Soriano was transported to the hospital where he later died.
The toxicology report done at the time of the autopsy revealed that Mr. Trujillo-Soriano's blood alcohol level at the time of his death was .214, which is nearly three times the legal limit.
"After shooting a man in the street and then fleeing the area, Mr. Trujillo-Soriano returned to watch and photograph the officers responding to the scene," said District Attorney Steve Wolfson. "When he was spotted and approached by officers, he fled again and ultimately opened fire on the two officers located at the perimeter of the property. Several hotel patrons had stepped outside of their rooms after hearing the commotion. By taking action, officers protected the citizens in the area, and themselves."
A Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review was conducted in this incident on November 22, 2016. Clark County Code mandates such a review when a police-involved death occurs, and the prosecutor preliminarily determines that no criminal prosecution of the officers is appropriate
The determination that the officers acted lawfully in this situation is based upon the evidence available at this time. The case could be reexamined if new information comes to light.
The full report is available on the District Attorney's Web page.