2 Nev. troopers hit, killed on Las Vegas interstate
“As we mourn these troopers, we will never forget their bravery, courage and sacrifice,” Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo said
By Sarah Roebuck
LAS VEGAS — Two Nevada State Police troopers were killed after being struck by a driver on an interstate, KSNV reports.
The troopers were responding to a motorist who had appeared to be sleeping behind the wheel on the side of Interstate 15 early Thursday morning. Moments later, a vehicle struck the two troopers. One trooper died at the scene and another was taken to a hospital, where he died from his injuries.
During a press conference, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the collision was initially a hit-and-run. Officers were able to locate the vehicle unoccupied at an apartment complex. The suspect was later located and taken into custody.
A procession was held as both troopers were transported to the coroner’s office in Las Vegas.
“I’m profoundly saddened by the deaths of two of our brave Nevada State troopers, who were killed early this morning in Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. Joe Lombardo said in a statement. “This is a devastating loss for Nevada law enforcement, the city of Las Vegas and our entire state. As we mourn these troopers, we will never forget their bravery, courage and sacrifice.”