- Associated Press - Monday, November 9, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Authorities on Monday identified a 55-year-old man shot dead by Clark County School District police, while investigators prepared to brief the district attorney and the media on Tuesday about evidence collected in the case.

James Francis Smyth died of multiple gunshot wounds about 4:30 p.m. Friday in a parking lot at Desert Bloom Park, according to the Clark County coroner. The death was ruled a homicide - a finding that doesn’t establish fault.

A media briefing was planned for 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Smyth was behind the wheel of a Hyundai SUV that hit a Las Vegas police vehicle several blocks away and headed into the park off Maryland Parkway and Wigwam Avenue, Clark County school police said.

The vehicle steered toward two officers who were questioning two teenagers about an unrelated incident at a middle school, School police Capt. Ken Young told reporters at the scene. The officers pushed the youngsters away and opened fire at Smyth’s vehicle as it accelerated toward them, police said.

Neither the teens nor the officers were injured.

Young didn’t immediately identify the officers, but he said they were placed on paid leave pending reviews of the shooting. School officials, Las Vegas police and the Clark County district attorney are conducting reviews.

Las Vegas police Officer Laura Meltzer referred questions about the incident to school police.

The shooting investigation was complicated by a nearby crash involving a motorist who police said plowed into a motorcycle, badly injuring the rider, and hit a police off-road dirt bike but narrowly missed a police officer diverting traffic approaching a cordoned-off the area around the shooting.

Keith Richards, 44, was arrested and remained jailed Monday without bail pending an initial court appearance on felony drunken driving charges, according to jail records.

Las Vegas police Sgt. Richard Strader told reporters that the injured motorcyclist was taken to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center with a badly broken leg and serious internal injuries.



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