The family of the Las Vegas police officer shot in the head while attempting to disperse protesters on the Strip last week has said he could remain on a ventilator for the rest of his life.
As per reports, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officer Shay Mikalonis’ family released a statement on Tuesday as to his condition.
Mikalonis is listed in critical condition in a trauma unit at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas. He was hospitalized last week after being shot in the head near the Circus Circus casino on June 1.
“Shay is on a ventilator and will be for the foreseeable future or perhaps the rest of his life,” the statement from his family said.
“He had a set back today, but the outstanding staff at UMC is working hard to get his vitals back under control.”
The shooting occurred after a peaceful protest over the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25.
A suspect in Mikalonis’ shooting, identified as 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego, is currently being held without bail in the Clark County Detention Center on felony charges that include attempted murder.
According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Samaniego fired at Mikalonis, with the bullet piercing his spine and lodging in the right side of his face.
The suspect claimed he was trying to scare off protesters and didn’t even know the police were there.
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