Off-duty first responders from Arizona hurt in Las Vegas shooting

Off-duty first responders from Arizona hurt in Las Vegas shooting

LAS VEGAS, NV (Tucson News Now) - Off-duty law enforcement personnel from Arizona were among the concert-goers in Las Vegas who were present when deadly gunfire erupted on Sunday night, Oct. 1.

Five off-duty police Mesa officers attended the music festival where more than 50 people were killed and 500 were injured in the mass shooting.

Mesa police spokeswoman Sgt. Diana T. Williams said in a statement Monday morning, Oct. 2, that all of the officers in question were accounted for and that none of the agency's officers died in the attack.

A spokeswoman for the Mesa Police Association said one officer was grazed in the face. It is unclear whether the officer was grazed by a bullet or shrapnel.

The Arizona Department of Public Safety confirmed that two of its personnel were also hurt in the shooting. DPS Public Information Officer Quentin Mehr said a trooper was hit by shrapnel and another employee had some bumps and scrapes.

The trooper hit by shrapnel underwent surgery after he was struck in the hand and back side.

"At first he (the trooper) thought he had been shot," said Chief Col.Frank Milstead.  "Then he realized he had been struck by shrapnel, not shot."

A dozen DPS employees were in Las Vegas for a homicide investigators conference. A Sargent with DPS who was on the strip heard the commotion and responded to the scene to provide support, according to Milstead.

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