One man dead as holiday weekend ends in two shootings

One man dead as holiday weekend ends in two shootings

From the Las Vegas Optic

One man was killed, one was injured and another is sought by police following a violent end to a holiday weekend in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas police have confirmed to the Optic that 27-year-old Leroy Salazar was shot and killed Monday evening on Collins Drive, on the city’s north west side. Chief of Police Adrian Crespin said a second man was injured in the shooting.

“Another person involved in the shooting was sent to UNM Hospital for his injuries,” Crespin said.

LVPD is investigating a suspect in the shooting, according to Crespin. Charges had not been filed as of this writing.

A couple miles south, New Mexico State Police attempted to pull over a 1993 Honda, a car officers stopped days earlier for a registration violation. The driver fled police, initiating a short pursuit, according to NMSP.

Shaun Kemp, 22 of Springer, was behind the wheel, according to NMSP. During the pursuit, Kemp drove west on Independence Avenue, then stopped near River Road where he exited the car and ran from officers.

An NMSP officer chased Kemp, and during the chase, Kemp “brandished a firearm and discharged it,” according to an affidavit filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court. The officer fired “at least one round” at Kemp, according to a press release, but NMSP does not believe Kemp was struck. Kemp fled the area as was still being sought by police as of this writing.

LVPD Chief Crespin said the two shootings are not related and that LVPD is investigating the death of Salazar while NMSP is investigating the police shooting involving Kemp.

Kemp was convicted in March 2020 for possession of methamphetamine and cocaine. In April, he was convicted on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and battery on a household member.

A warrant for his arrest was issued Dec. 15, 2020, after he failed to appear for a probation violation hearing in the Eighth Judicial District Court in Colfax County.

A separate arrest warrant was issued Jan. 14, 2021, in San Miguel Magistrate Court for allegedly fleeing NMSP officers during a Jan. 11 traffic stop. After pulling over the 1993 Honda on Seventh Street for expired registration tags, Kemp — who was a passenger in the vehicle — fled on foot, according to a criminal complaint filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.

Kemp has also previously been charged with unlawful taking of a motor vehicle after he allegedly took a truck from a Mora County woman without permission, according to a criminal complaint filed in Fourth Judicial District Court. A trial in that case is scheduled to begin March 16.

A third arrest warrant was issued for Kemp Wednesday. He has been charged with aggravated assault on a peace officer with a deadly weapon, and resisting, evading or obstructing arrest, according to an affidavit for arrest filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court.