A bank robber who died in a hail of bullets fired by a Las Vegas police officer had earlier told his girlfriend that he wanted to commit suicide by a policeman.
In the half hour before his death, Stephen Thomas went on a small criminal spree by committing a car theft, shoplifting and targeting a credit union before finally challenging two Las Vegas D.C. police officers.
Police cam footage shows how Thomas, 36, was standing on the road with his rifle drawn when Sergeant Donald Graham collided with the suspect’s patrol car, causing him to fall to the ground.
Stephen Thomas, 36, looped, pulled his gun and pointed it at two D.C. police officers in Las Vegas in an attempt to be shot by police.
At 11.25 AM, Thomas hijacked a car and drove the short distance to Las Vegas Drive where he set up a convenience store. Seven minutes later, Thomas attempted to rob a credit union. Nine minutes later, he was shot dead on Cheyenne Street
Stephen Thomas, pictured at a credit union, told customers to stand on the floor as he robbed the store. Less than nine minutes after this photo was taken, Thomas died
Stephen Thomas, 36, told his girlfriend that he was planning to pay the police to shoot him
Thomas rose to his feet and pointed his gun at Sergeant Graham.
Fellow officer Amelia Lukac arrived at the scene moments later and joined Sergeant Graham in calling for Thomas to lay down his gun.
Stephen Thomas drew his weapon on Sergeant Donald Graham who came forward and hit him with the patrol car before Officer Amelia Lukac’s arrival on Wednesday, November 17.
Police camera footage shows how the two officers yelled at the 36-year-old criminal to lay down his weapon before they opened fire.
Body camera footage shows how Thomas refused to comply and began to approach Officer Lukak’s car, causing the two officers to open fire.
Before the fatal shooting, Thomas told his girlfriend of his plan to die at the hands of the police, Clark County Sheriff’s Assistant Sheriff Lazaro Chavez said.
The criminal also stole a man’s car, tried to rob a store and then robbed a credit union.
Sergeant Graham and Officer Lukak, traveling in different patrol cars, cornered Thomas, who reached for his waist belt.
The dramatic footage shows Thomas being hit by a hail of bullets and trying to get up several times before being fatally wounded.
An early investigation found that Sergeant Graham fired once at Thomas while Officer Lukak sent 20 rounds down range.
Before the credit union robbery, Thomas targeted a convenience store, pictured
Thomas, pictured, got off his stolen car, pictured, when Sergeant Graham stood behind him
Officer Lukak stopped behind Sergeant Graham moments before the shooting began
The shocking footage shows Thomas holding his pistol in hand as the police respond with lethal force.
Sheriff Chavez said Thomas did not fire his weapon during the incident.
The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has released camera footage that the two officers wore during the incident.
Sergeant Graham was the first to arrive on the scene and take a defensive position behind his patrol vehicle.
His body cam was tilted at an angle toward the ground, though the sound showed how he called for Thomas to drop his weapon.
Thomas ignored the call and started walking toward the officers.
Police found this pistol from Thomas’ body after he was shot and killed on November 17th
The footage shows Thomas being hit and brought down by a bullet fired by Officer Lukak. Then try to get back on his feet.
Officer Lukak continued shooting until Thomas remained on the ground.
Sheriff Chavez said the two responding officers tried to provide medical assistance to Thomas, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
He produced a map that showed how in the 25 minutes before his death, Thomas made a car hijacking and two attempted robberies before he was killed by the police.
“During the investigation, investigators learned that on the day the officer involved in the shooting was fired, Thomas grabbed the gun and told his girlfriend that he would do something to get the police to shoot him,” he said.