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Harrah's Standoff Video

By Chuckmonster on Tuesday, 21st February 2006 2:47pm
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Here's the video

One man is dead and another is in police custody after a seven hour stand-off at a Las Vegas hotel.

Police responded to the Harrah's Hotel and Casino just after Midnight. When they arrived, they found a man with gunshot wounds and a gunman barricaded in a room on the 20th floor.

Police say the gunman, Curtis Billy Bonilla, fired shots at them a number of times. "And on at least two occasions, he fired shots from inside the hotel room believing officers were out in the hallway," said Lt. Lew Roberts, Metro police.

There were also at least forty guests at Harrah's that were evacuated from their rooms for safety. Some of the guests were in their sleepwear and confused by what was happening.

"They are irate. They moved everyone to the buffet," said Jason Kim, evacuated guest. One eyewitness said there were several officers with their guns pulled running through the hallway.

When police arrived, they found a man who had been shot several times. That man, a 23-year-old Reno resident died from his injuries.

The gunman did not surrender easily. He holed himself up in a room for hours and negotiations carried into mid-morning. Some SWAT officers entered room 2036 by rappelling down a face of a 29-story Harrah's hotel tower and crashing through a 20th floor window facing away from the famous Strip.

In the meantime, guest were left with the options of staying in the buffet area or meeting rooms. The hotel did not have any vacant guest rooms to accomodate them.



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