Dramatic footage captured the moment when a brave woman taken hostage by an armed robber at a pawn shop in Las Vegas grabbed her gun before officers shot her.
The incident was captured in the body cameras of three officers who were called to a robbery in progress at the SuperPawn store at 1150 S. Rainbow Boulevard at 1:10 pm on September 3.
They were told that the suspect, later identified as Mario Trejo, 27, wore completely black clothes and wore a motorcycle helmet and was armed with a gun.
A woman taken hostage by an armed robber is seen running after grabbing her gun
Officers were called to a robbery in progress at the SuperPawn store in Las Vegas on September 3
At a press conference, LVMPD Deputy Sheriff Brett Zimmerman praised the actions of the employee who was taken hostage.
He said the suspect was "well armed, violent and showed no respect for human life."
Zimmerman added: "He chose a victim with the intention of using her as a hostage to achieve his escape.
However, he selected the wrong person. His alleged victim showed great strength and courage in an extremely volatile situation.
& # 39; Your actions could well have saved your own life & # 39;
Zimmerman said officers arrived on the scene when Trejo left the store with the employee he had taken as hostage.
Three officers captured the incident at 1150 S. Rainbow Boulevard in their body cameras
The suspect, later identified as Mario Trejo, 27, was shot after pointing a gun at the officers, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police said.
He had an arm around the woman's neck and a gun to her head, Zimmerman said, adding that officers quickly realized it was a hostage situation.
The suspect forced the hostage to walk towards his vehicle at gunpoint.
The officers gave multiple orders to Trejo, who pointed his gun, a Glock 35 pistol, at the officers while he and the hostage approached the vehicle.
Mario Trejo (pictured) was transported to University Medical Center, where he is in stable condition
At this point, Zimmerman said that the victim reached out, grabbed Trejo's gun and threw it to the ground, causing the gun to be discharged.
Then he pulled the gun from Trejo's hand, ejected his magazine and threw the firearm on the ground and ran towards the store.
At this point, Zimmerman said that Trejo looked for a rifle that had hung from his body and pointed it at the three officers at the scene.
The three officers unloaded their weapons, hitting Trejo once in the chest.
Zimmerman said the officers gave Trejo verbal orders to lie on the floor and not touch the rifle, but Trejo refused to obey them.
A K9 officer arrived on the scene and put him in custody.
He was transported to the University Medical Center, where he is in stable condition.
He was charged in absentia with theft with a deadly weapon, robbery while in possession of a weapon, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon against a protected person and first degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon.
Trejo pointed his gun – a Glock 35 pistol – and fired a round during the incident last week
He also took a rifle in his body (in the photo) and pointed it at the officers, but did not open fire