LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — A Washington police officer was stabbed to death on a pedestrian bridge on the Las Vegas Strip Saturday evening. The Edmonds Law enforcement Division has identified the stabbing target as Officer Tyler Steffins.
Steffins, 33, was off-duty at the time of his dying.
Freddy Allen, 58, the gentleman accused of stabbing to loss of life Steffins refused to go to court docket for his initial visual appearance Monday early morning. Allen was taken into custody immediately after a quick chase. According to the arrest report, he threw a hunting knife with a 6-inch blade into the Statue of Liberty fountain in front of New York – New York Resort just before complying with the officers’ instructions.
The alleged stabbing transpired about 9:40 p.m. on a pedestrian bridge among New York, New York, and the MGM Grand at Tropicana Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
The arrest report mentioned the stabbing happened immediately after Steffins acquired into an argument with a further person, named Dean Cattorini, around how he was petting his canine. Cattorini advised police, that on the past working day, Friday, Steffins experienced “grabbed his dog’s confront aggressively” and it upset him.
On Saturday, Cattorini and Allen ended up on the pedestrian bridge when they have been approached by Steffins who stopped to pet the dogs, the arrest report reported. Cattorini told law enforcement Steffins was once once more intense although petting the canine and he exchanged phrases with him. During the argument, Allen approached Steffins and reached his fingers toward his upper body, stabbing him. Steffins mentioned, “I believe he just stabbed me” and then collapsed. Steffins died a several several hours later at College Professional medical Heart.
According to the Edmonds Police Division Fb web page, Steffins started with the section in 2018 and is survived by a spouse, two younger young children, his stage-mom, father, brothers, and sister.
The Edmonds Police Office wrote Steffins’ dying was a tragic decline for the agency.
“Tyler was a valued member of our law enforcement loved ones whose infectious smile and contagious chuckle endeared him to his peers. We will miss him terribly but cherish the situations we had with him.”
Allen is struggling with a charge of open up murder with the use of a fatal weapon. He is remaining held at the Clark County Detention Center.
Allen’s upcoming court day is Wednesday, March 30.