Juan Carlos Lopez-Aguilar’s gun was a fake. But police say his intention to get shot may have been real.
Las Vegas police Sgt. William Matchko shot Lopez-Aguilar, 42, in the shoulder during a confrontation Monday night in the southern valley. And at a Thursday afternoon press briefing about the nonfatal shooting, Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said Lopez-Aguilar’s making a show of acting like he was loading a real round into what police would learn was a fake gun suggests his goal may have been suicide by cop.
The incident began about 6:30 p.m. when a woman leaving the Dotty’s near Las Vegas Boulevard South and St. Rose Parkway saw a man acting strangely. McMahill said the woman tried to ask him what was wrong, and the man replied with expletives.
“I’m going to shoot some (expletive) and I’m going to kill something,” he told her.
About an hour and a half later, Lopez-Aguilar was seen walking in the middle of a road in the neighborhood where police confronted him. The neighborhood residents said he didn’t speak to them or make threats, but he had what appeared to be a chrome handgun.