Assistant sheriff announces policy change because of radio problems


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Assistant sheriff announces policy change because of radio problems

By Stacey Gualandi. CREATED Jul 3, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- The assistant sheriff for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department announced there have been 11 officer-involved shootings so far in 2014. That is four more than at this same time last year.

Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo also announced there would be an immediate policy change because of problems with the police department's radios.

It was a radio malfunction during the 11th shooting that prompted the change.

Patrol officers will no longer ride alone.

Two of the shootings have happened within the last week.

During the first shooting, police shot and killed a woman because she was attacking her neighbor with a knife. The shooting happened at the Manor Suites.

The next day, a suspect shot at a police officer who was alone in his patrol car. There was a chase and then a shootout. The radio problems happened during that chase.

The police department decided to change its policy a couple of days ago.

The change will result in fewer actual police cars on the road but not fewer patrol officers.

Both shootings are still under investigation and will be sent to the district attorney for his review. That is standard procedure in all officer-involved shootings.