A suspect is in custody after two officers were ambushed in their patrol car and one was shot in the hand Sunday afternoon.
The shooting occurred around noon near Tropicana Avenue and Nellis Boulevard. Police reported three shots were fired at the officer "ambush-style" and no shots were fired by police, KTNV TV reports.
Police said a man approached the squad car and fired with a semi-automatic handgun at the two officers inside the vehicle. The police were leaving the scene of a disturbance call at the 99 Cents Only store and were stopped at a light when the shots were fired.
The officers then exited the vehicle and were able to apprehend the suspect outside a 7-Eleven.
This is the second officer to be shot in the line of duty this month. Officer Jeremy Robertson was shot in the upper leg Friday morning when responding to a call in the 6700 block of Oveja Circle, near Rainbow Boulevard and Alta Drive. Two suspects were taken into custody.
In response to that shooting, Sheriff Joe Lombardo mandated Friday that officers now ride in pairs. Metro sergeants say Sunday's shooting suspect was subdued in part because of the new rule.