- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A police officer fired several shots at a vehicle accelerating toward him during a confrontation on a residential Las Vegas street, but didn’t hit a teenage driver who was jailed on an assault with a deadly weapon charge, authorities said Tuesday.

Daniel Prichard, 18, was treated for minor injuries and taken to the Clark County jail pending a court appearance where he was expected to have an attorney appointed to represent him, according to police and jail records.

Police said Prichard received minor injuries, but not gunshot wounds, during the shooting about 11:30 p.m. Monday in a neighborhood east of downtown Las Vegas.

Capt. Shawn Anderson said the confrontation erupted in a cul-de-sac after officers found and approached an unregistered car that sped away earlier when they tried to pull it over for a traffic stop.

The officers didn’t chase the car, Anderson said, but began to approach it after finding it parked with the lights off.

“The suspect drove quickly out of the cul-de-sac and at the officers,” Anderson said. He said one officer fired gunshots, striking the vehicle several times.

The officers weren’t injured.

The officer who opened fire was placed on paid leave per department policy pending an investigation. His name was being withheld for 48 hours under the department’s post-shooting identification policy.

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