In a devastating incident early Thursday, two Nevada state troopers were killed on a Las Vegas freeway, struck by an impaired driver while assisting another motorist. The suspect fled the scene but was later apprehended, according to police authorities.
Fatal Incident on Interstate 15
The troopers had stopped to assist a driver who was asleep behind the wheel on Interstate 15 near downtown Las Vegas around 3:30 a.m. when they were hit by a white Chevrolet HHR. The driver, identified as 46-year-old Jemarcus Williams, did not stop at the scene, leading to a manhunt that concluded with his arrest at a nearby apartment complex.
Arrest and Charges
Las Vegas police Undersheriff Andrew Walsh announced the arrest at a news conference, expressing the need for community support during this tragic time. Williams faces charges of reckless driving, DUI, and failing to stop at the scene of the crash. The charges include a sentencing enhancement due to the deaths, which could significantly increase his punishment if convicted.
Community and State Response
The troopers, both described as husbands with children, have not been publicly identified pending further investigation. A solemn procession of law enforcement officers escorted the bodies to the coroner’s office, where they were received with full honors.
Governor Joe Lombardo expressed profound sadness over the loss, stating, “This is a devastating loss for Nevada law enforcement, the city of Las Vegas, and our entire state.” He ordered all U.S. flags in Nevada to be flown at half-staff until the troopers’ funerals.
Impact on Traffic and Previous Incidents
Following the incident, a section of the highway and several on-ramps were closed for hours, causing significant traffic delays. This tragedy echoes a similar incident in 2021 on the same freeway, where state trooper Micah May was killed during a vehicle pursuit.