By Casey Harrison
Source Las Vegas Sun
A woman called 9-1-1 early last Thursday to report that her son might attempt to die by suicide near the Red Rock Canyon Campground, according to the Nevada Highway Patrol.
She was worried that Erik Legried, 29, would try to kill himself either by gunshot or driving head-on into traffic in his black 2021 Toyota Tacoma.
New information emerged today from the multi-agency police shooting at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area Visitor Center that left Legried injured and the park closed for most of the day.
In a video briefing, NHP Maj. Martin Mleczkco identified a Bureau of Land Management ranger and two NHP troopers involved in the shooting. Legried was also identified and was arrested on three counts of battery with a deadly weapon on a protected person, three counts of resisting an officer and two counts of damage to state property, Mleczkco said.
BLM Ranger Christopher Allen, 49, along with NHP Troopers Marcus McFadden, 31, and Anthony Hernandez, 31, were each involved in the shooting.
Allen, who has been with BLM since 2001, fired five rounds from his Sig Sauer P229 .40-caliber handgun; McFadden, who was hired by NHP in 2016, fired three rounds from his Smith & Wesson MP-15 .223-caliber rifle; and Hernandez, who was hired in 2014, fired five rounds from his Sig Sauer P320 9 mm handgun.
Legried was shot four times — twice in each leg in the upper-thigh area, Mleczkco said.
Metro received a call at 5:56 a.m. Thursday from Legried's mother about his potential suicide attempt. At 6:27 a.m., one BLM ranger located Legried's Tacoma driving through the campground and noticed that it had lost its front bumper after striking several fence posts.
Shortly after, an officer with Metro made contact with Legried and instructed him to get out of his truck. Legried refused and sped off heading east on Charleston Boulevard. He then appeared to pull over but made a U-turn near Sky Vista Drive and continued back west, Mleczkco said.
At 7 a.m., BLM Ranger Allen responded to the entrance of Red Rock Canyon, where Legried had pulled his truck over. Allen instructed Legried to exit, which Legried refused, and additional officers responded to the scene.
Legried fled with his vehicle toward the visitor center, and police, including NHP troopers McFadden and Hernandez followed him, Mleczkco said.
Allen confronted Legried in the visitor center parking lot and attempted to block him in, body camera footage shows. Allen told Legried to get out of his truck, but he instead rammed Allen's patrol vehicle and proceeded into the lower-level parking lot.
Hernandez then followed Legried to the lower-level parking lot and rammed his truck in an attempt to stop him, Mleczkco said. Legried then tried to accelerate his truck into another trooper's vehicle, prompting officers to fire their weapons.
At 7:10 a.m., Legried parked in the middle-level parking lot and at 7:16 a.m., was removed from the vehicle by officers after stating he was unable to get out, Mleczkco said. Officers were shown on footage asking for tourniquets to stop Legried's bleeding.
No officers were injured, Mleczkco said.
Legried was released Tuesday on $100,000 bail, Las Vegas Justice Court records show. He's being represented by attorney Christopher Mishler. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Nov 30.
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