Edgar Samaniego Biography, Edgar Samaniego Wiki
Edgar Samaniego is accused of shooting a Las Vegas Metro Police officer in the head at a George Floyd protest on the Las Vegas Strip on June 1.
The 20-year-old Samaniego faces one count of attempted murder and two counts of discharging a gun where a person might be endangered, according to records.
Police say the critically injured officer, who is presently on life support, was shot in the back of the head by Samaniego in front of Circus Circus Casino. According to the Review Journal, the officer was identified as Shay Mikalonis, 29, who has been an officer since 2016 and is “assigned to the department’s Convention Center area command.”
Another shooting occurred around the same time, at 11:30 p.m., and in the same vicinity, in front of the Federal Courthouse on Las Vegas Boulevard South.
.@LVMPD Officer Shay Mikalonis remains in grave condition after he was shot last night. Keep him in your prayers as well as a calmer night tonight. Each night so far has gotten progressively more violent. pic.twitter.com/ET3Mcog6W2
— John Huck (@VegasAnchor) June 2, 2020
According to Clark County court records, Samaniego has a previous criminal case from April 2020.
Court records say that he was accused of possession of a dangerous drug without a prescription and DUI, 1st offense. On April 2, he was given $2,000 bail. The charges are a “gross misdemeanor” and “misdemeanor.”
“A criminal complaint in the drug case had not been filed as of Tuesday,” according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, which says that Samaniego posted the bail amount and had been out of custody since early April.
The current charges, including attempted murder and two counts of discharging a gun or weapon where a person might be endangered, are a felony and two “gross misdemeanor” counts, online court records say.
Video has been posted of a livestream from outside the Federal Courthouse which appears to capture the moment when one of the shootings occurred. The camera is turned away but shots can clearly be heard in the video at 02:19:50: