A man who barricaded himself inside a room in the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas has committed suicide. Las Vegas Metro police said that officers, crisis negotiators, and SWAT teams were called to the hotel at 3 a.m. Wednesday. They were responding to reports of an armed and suicidal person barricaded in a 24th floor guest room of the Vegas hotel.
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Several rooms in the Las Vegas hotel were evacuated, and a heavy police and SWAT team presence took over the hotel. Staff at the hotel claimed there was never any threat of danger to guests of the hotel despite the person believed to be armed with a handgun.
The team tried to establish contact and negotiate with the man, but were unsuccessful.
Las Vegas police officer Larry Hadfield told USA Today that “we were told the individual might want to harm himself and might have a firearm.”
“Due to the circumstances, we brought in crisis negotiators, backed up by SWAT, and tried to contact him. We found a deceased male adult with what we believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. No one else was injured.”
The MGM Grand Hotel and Casino is located on the famous Las Vegas strip in Paradise, Nevada. The hotel includes more than 6,800 guest rooms spread over 30 floors and is the nation’s largest hotel, and the second largest in the world.
There have been no further details released about a possible motive or any confirmed identification of the deceased man. The Las Vegas casino and hotel officials, along with local authorities, have so far refused to comment.
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