Press conference details officer-involved shooting on Rancho Drive


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Press conference details officer-involved shooting on Rancho Drive

CREATED Mar 10, 2014

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Undersheriff Jim Dixon met with the media Monday to discuss additional details concerning the third officer-involved shooting of 2014.

This incident occurred at 1631 North Rancho Road at approximately 11:36 p.m. on March 4, 2014.

Las Vegas patrol officers responded to the 7-Eleven located at 1600 N. Rancho Drive to investigate a report that a male and a female attempted to make a purchase using a counterfeit $20 bill.

Arriving officers were notified the suspects had left in a white Jeep and were possibly at the Dotty’s Casino located next door at 1631 N. Rancho Drive.

Officer Keller located a female adult, later identified as 23-year-old Erin Breshears, in the alley just southwest of the casino. He conducted a pedestrian stop and realized Breshears fit the physical description of the female suspect from the 7-Eleven and he detained her.

Officers Sok, Belt and Kaplin went to the Dotty’s Casino and located the vehicle described by the 7-Eleven clerk parked in front of the casino. They went inside and located the male adult, later identified as 29-year-old Jason Mahe, and escorted him outside.

Once outside the casino, Mahe attempted to flee from the officers and a struggle ensued. During the struggle, Mahe reached into his waistband and attempted to pull out a handgun. Mahe was able to break away from all three officers while still in possession of the gun.

Mahe ran in between two vehicles with his hand still on the gun. All three officers drew their duty weapons and shouted commands for Mahe to stop and to drop the gun.

Mahe did not comply with the commands and pulled the gun from his waistband. All three officers then fired their duty weapons at Mahe who was struck multiple times and fell to the ground. Mahe was transported to the UMC Trauma Center for treatment. He was booked in absentia and will be transported to the Clark County Detention Center when his condition allows.

He is facing numerous charges including grand larceny auto, possession of burglary tools and resisting a public officer with a weapon.

The investigation into this incident revealed Mahe’s criminal history included an arrest for burglary in Nevada in 2009 and convictions in Ohio for burglary, robbery, kidnapping, felony assault and felony abduction. He had an active parole violation warrant from Ohio with the following notation: "History assault weapons/subject stated he will commit suicide by cop if apprehended/wanted person - caution - violent tendencies - armed and dangerous - known to abuse drugs - suicidal."

Mahe was armed with a Black Ops Colt 1911 replica pellet gun which was recovered at the scene.