VIDEO: Las Vegas K-9 Nicky was Killed by Friendly Fire During Gunfight

Las Vegas Metro police on Monday held a press conference in which they released additional information on the shooting of James Craig Simpson and the death of K-9 Nicky last Thursday.

Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill reported that Nicky was struck one time by a shot fired from a Metro officer rather than suspect James Craig Simpson, 31.

Police provided body camera video that shows Metro Officer Abudhabi Lewis pleading with Simpson to step away from his handgun, KVVU TV reports.

Nicky was deployed by his handler, Sgt. Eric Kerns. When Simpson saw the dog coming, he began running and fired a shot at officers.

McMahill said Nicky latched on to Simpson but couldn’t bring him to the ground. Simpson then fired at Kerns, and Kerns and other officers returned fire. Simpson was struck six times and fell to the ground. Nicky was struck once.

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