LAS VEGAS — A veteran Las Vegas police officer shot through the windshield of the unmarked car he was driving and wounded a man who was running from a crashed stolen car and pointing a gun at a motorcycle officer, according to an arrest report made public Monday.
Shots from Officer Samuel Solorio wounded Gilberto Gutierrez after the stolen car crashed Jan. 26 in front of a convenience store in a neighborhood east of downtown Las Vegas, the report said.
Gutierrez's gun was loaded, but he didn't shoot, according to the police account. Solorio and the motorcycle officer, David Corbin, were uninjured.
Corbin officer told investigators he was chasing Gutierrez when Gutierrez pointed the gun at him.
Corbin said he stopped his motorcycle sideways and was reaching for his own handgun when he heard shots and saw two holes in the windshield of a black Chevrolet Camaro that pulled up, according to the arrest report.
Gutierrez collapsed, and Corbin quickly realized that Solorio, in the Camaro, was a police officer.
Gutierrez, 35, was treated at a Las Vegas hospital and taken to the Clark County jail. He remained in custody Monday on $77,000 bail pending a Feb. 16 preliminary hearing on multiple felony auto theft, assault and weapon charges and a misdemeanor count of possession of burglary tools.
Police allege Gutierrez used a modified key to steal a 1997 Honda Civic from the owner's home. The owner heard the car start and tried to stop Gutierrez until Gutierrez brandished a handgun and drove away, authorities said.
Police deployed a spike strip during the chase, and the vehicle crashed with its wheel smoking from riding on a flattened tire and rim.
Solorio, 39, is a 17-year police veteran. He's on paid leave pending departmental and district attorney reviews of the shooting.