A Nevada Highway Patrol Soldier died after being struck on Interstate 15.
LAS VEGAS – A Nevada Highway Patrol soldier died days after being struck and seriously injured by a vehicle that authorities said was being driven by an armed hijacker suspect on a busy highway near the Strip. Las Vegas.
Private Micah May, 46, died Thursday, Governor Steve Sisolak said in a statement. “His heroic actions and contributions to the State of Nevada will never be forgotten.”
Authorities said the suspect, identified as Douglas Claiborne on Thursday, was trying to escape police and state soldiers when May was punched shortly before noon on Tuesday while deploying a tire deflation device on busy Interstate 15 lanes.
The incident began with a chase through the streets of North Las Vegas and ended when the fleeing car was disabled and stopped on the freeway by NHP vehicles and Claiborne, 60, was shot and killed by officers law enforcement.
Las Vegas police are investigating the shooting. They did not identify the officers who fired the shots or disclosed details of their police services. PSN said Claiborne had a gun.
May is survived by his wife and two children. During 13 years with the Highway Patrol, he received awards for apprehending impaired drivers and a Departmental Medal of Valor in 2014, the state agency said in a statement.
“This is a time of great sorrow for our agency, its family and our communities,” the statement said.
The governor has said he will order the flags to be lowered to mid-length to honor May once plans for funeral services are finalized.