Seattle-area cop dies after being stabbed on Vegas Strip | Nevada News

By KEN RITTER, Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) — An off-duty Washington state police officer was fatally stabbed on the Las Vegas Strip over the weekend by a man who authorities say saw him argue with another man about petting his dogs.

Officials and friends in Edmonds, Wash., mourned the death on Saturday night of Officer Tyler Michael Steffins, 33, while his suspected killer, Freddy Allen, 58, refused to appear in court in Las Vegas on Monday for murder.

It was not immediately clear if Allen had an attorney assigned to his case who could speak on his behalf. He remained jailed without bail pending another court date on Wednesday.

“What happened to Tyler was insane,” Acting Edmonds Deputy Chief of Police Josh McClure told reporters outside police headquarters in the town of about 42,000 people north of Seattle. Steffins previously served as a U.S. Marine, he said.

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“Tyler, being an off-duty cop, doesn’t make him any more important than any other family that has lost a loved one to senseless violence,” McClure said, adding that Steffins “enjoyed Vegas like anyone else in Vegas.” He was just walking down the street.

“Yes, insane is about as simple as you can put it,” McClure said.

The Clark County coroner said Monday that Steffins died of a single stab wound to the chest.

Las Vegas police say Steffins had an argument Friday night with another man over how Steffins petted the man’s dogs.

On Saturday, Steffins and the dog’s owner met again, with Allen nearby, on a walkway connecting Las Vegas Boulevard between two casinos, according to a police report.

“Allen stabbed (Steffins) once and attempted to flee the area before being apprehended by patrol officers,” a police statement said. Steffins died shortly thereafter at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

A witness told police that Steffins and Allen were not speaking to each other on Saturday and it appeared Allen punched Steffins in the chest and fled.

Steffins said he thought he was stabbed before he collapsed.

Police said officers chased Allen and saw him throw a hunting knife into a fountain, where he was picked up after his arrest. Steffins was unarmed, according to a police report.

“This is a tragic loss for our agency as our staff and the entire region are already grieving for other officers who have died,” Edmonds Police Chief Michelle Bennett said in a statement. .

She referred to the fatal shooting last Friday of a police officer in the parking lot of a cafe in Everett, Wash., and the March 16 shooting death of a Pierce County Sheriff’s SWAT deputy while serving a warrant. in Spanaway, Washington.

Steffins joined the Edmonds Police Department in 2018 and McClure called him a married father with two children in elementary school.

“A very ‘cold’, very calm individual,” McClure said. “Spoken with a steady, steady tone. He didn’t say much. But when he did, it was usually funny, right? »

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that Allen has been arrested at least twice in the past year on suspicion of committing acts of violence on the resort-lined Strip.

Court records showed Allen was convicted of the misdemeanor of attempted battery causing substantial injury and sentenced in early February to 90 days in jail, but only 18 more days to be served after credit for the time already behind the bars.

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