- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 10, 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A veteran Las Vegas police detective who shot an ex-felon carrying a replica handgun in a dark alley believed he was about to be robbed, according to a department official.

Officer Daniel Hawkins fired twice after seeing the gun and warning, “Don’t do it. I’m a cop,” Clark County Undersheriff Kevin McMahill said during a public briefing Monday of the Jan. 5 incident.

It was the first shooting involving a Las Vegas police officer in 2017.

McMahill says Hawkins was in plain clothes and on duty outside an unmarked car when Thomas Lamar Cotton and another man approached.

McMahill says the 48-year-old Cotton raised what turned out to be an air gun that looked like a revolver before Hawkins wounded him once in the buttock.

Police say the other man with Cotton hasn’t been found.

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