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Las Vegas Metro Officer Involved In Shooting Has Been Identified

Las Vegas metro police officer involved in recent shooting has been identified. The officer involved in the March 23rd, 2010, officer involved shooting, in which Officer Madland was seriously injured has been identified as Officer Christopher Le Blanc. Officer Le Blanc has been with the L.V.M.P.D. since November of 2001 and is currently assigned to Patrol Services, Saturation Team.

Charges Dropped Against Suspect Arrested in Officer's Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- The second man arrested in the shooting of a Las Vegas Metro police officer has had charges against him dropped.

Marvin Wilson will remain in jail on an unrelated charge of larceny. Wilson had been originally charged with possession of a stolen vehicle and resisting arrest during a shooting that left officer Michael Madland with a life-threatening gunshot wound.

The District Attorney's office says there was not enough evidence to prove that Wilson was driving the stolen vehicle or that he knew it was stolen.

Damon Beal, the suspect who shot the officer, was shot and killed by Madland's partner.

Las Vegas Police Investigate a String of Bank Robberies

LAS VEGAS - Bank robberies are becoming a growing problem for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Bank thefts in Las Vegas have doubled since last year. Metro is investigating three incidents that occurred this week alone.

One happened at a U.S. Bank branch near Charleston and Las Vegas Boulevard on Wednesday. Police say the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. If he didn't get it, he threatened to set off a bomb.

"(The teller) read the note and asked for clarification from the suspect," Metro Police Lt. Clint Nichols said. "He got spooked and took off."

The suspect is described as a white male with brown hair, 25 to 35-years-old, 5 feet 9 inches tall and 150 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and blue jeans.

Metro Officer Remains in Critical Condition After Shooting

LAS VEGAS - A Metro police officer is fighting for his life after he was shot while chasing a suspected car thief Tuesday night.

31-year-old Officer Michael Madland remains in critical condition at University Medical Center. The officer was shot in the leg. Authorities say the bullet hit an artery, and he lost a lot of blood.

Police say the shooting happened after officers spotted a car Tuesday evening that was reported stolen. When the officers attempted to pull the car over, the drive sped away and lead officers on a brief chase before stopping.

According to police, there were two suspects in the car. Forty-five-year-old Marvin Wayne Wilson was immediately arrested. He was booked for possession of a stolen vehicle, resisting an officer and petit larceny.

Trial of Former UMC Director Begins

LAS VEGAS -- The trial is underway in the felony theft and misconduct trial of the former director of UMC.

Lacy Thomas is accused of steering contracts to friends and associates after he was hired in 2004. Prosecutors say Thomas' activities cost the county millions of dollars at the financially-troubled county-run hospital

Thomas was fired in 2007 and charged afterwards. The jury started hearing testimony Tuesday.

During their opening statement, the prosecution outlined five contracts they say Thomas gave to his Chicago business buddies. The DA says Thomas paid his friends companies taxpayer dollars to do work that county employees could have done for no extra charge. Thomas allegedly lied to detectives when they confronted him about these allegations.

Student Found with Gun at Cimarron High School

LAS VEGAS -- Clark County School Police say a student with a gun has been found at Cimarron High School.

Campus officers received tip that 15-year-old student had a weapon. Officers made contact with student in hallway and recovered an unloaded .25 caliber handgun.

The student has been taken into custody. No disruption to the school day or threats were made.

Catch a full report on a special edition of 8 News Now after the game.

Police Investigate Shooting in Northwest Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS -- Las Vegas police say a possible drive-by shooting occurred near Rainbow and Alexander and one person was shot in the chest.

The victim has been transported to the hospital and Metro's Gang Unit has been called to the scene.