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May 5, 2016

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Department of Justice Releases After-Action Report on the 2014 Ambush and Murder of Two Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Officers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) today announced the release of its after-action assessment of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s (LVMPD) response to the ambush of two police officers on June 8, 2014.

The report, Las Vegas After-Action Assessment: Lessons Learned from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Ambush Incident, provides detailed analysis of that tragic day and the events that followed and offers key findings to help law enforcement agencies better strategize efforts to maintain officer safety in incidents such as ambushes or active shooter situations.

“I commend the men and women of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for their willingness to support this assessment,” said COPS Office Director Ronald Davis. “If not for the courageous actions of the officers responding to the ambush, it is likely the loss of civilian life would have been much greater. As we enter National Police Week, this report serves as a stark reminder of the sacrifice and risk that law enforcement officers take every day.”

The COPS Office partnered with CNA to examine the events leading up to the ambush, as well as the department’s tactical response to the attack and the impact of the tragedy on the department. It is clear through this evaluation that there were no actions the officers could have taken that would have prevented the incident.

Overall, the assessment provides 21 key findings that should benefit officer safety. For example,

  1. The LVMPD’s training programs – specifically the use of reality-based training – enabled officers to mount an effective tactical response to the incident.
  2. In the days and weeks following the attack, the LVMPD responded appropriately with a variety of support and outreach efforts to assist officers with their psychological and emotional well-being.
  3. There were tactical areas identified that could be improved upon, including greater clarity related to incident command and staging, initial dispatching procedures for officer involved shootings, and radio communications during the response.

To read the full report, Las Vegas After-Action Assessment: Lessons Learned from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department’s Ambush Incident, please visit:

The COPS Office is a federal agency responsible for advancing community policing nationwide. Since 1995, the COPS Office has invested more than $14 billion to advance community policing, including grants awarded to more than 13,000 state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies to fund the hiring and redeployment of more than 127,000 officers and provide a variety of knowledge resource products including publications, training and technical assistance. For additional information about the COPS Office, please visit