The victims or deceased names are Sgt. Michael Abbate and Trooper Alberto Felix. : “Suspect Allegedly Intoxicated, Evaded Security Before Striking and Killing Nevada Troopers”

Death – Obituary – Accident and Crime News : Suspect Allegedly Intoxicated and Evaded Casino Security Before Fatal Crash

The suspect accused of striking and killing two Nevada state troopers with his SUV appeared to be intoxicated at a Las Vegas casino and managed to evade the resort’s security before the deadly crash, according to prosecutors in court on Friday.

The tragic incident took place in the early hours of Thursday morning in Las Vegas. The officers were conducting a routine traffic stop on a motorist who appeared to be sleeping behind the wheel when a Chevrolet HHR collided with them, the police reported. The driver of the SUV then fled the scene.

One officer was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other succumbed to his injuries after being transported to a local hospital, said Las Vegas Deputy Chief Brandon Clarkson during a press briefing on Thursday. The two officers were identified as Sgt. Michael Abbate, a 10-year veteran of the Nevada Highway Patrol, and Trooper Alberto Felix, who joined the department in 2019 after serving in the U.S. Air Force.

Authorities found the suspected vehicle unoccupied at an apartment complex near the crash site on Thursday morning. They subsequently apprehended the suspect, identified as Jemarcus Williams, 46, and booked him into the Clark County Jail. Williams faces multiple charges, including DUI resulting in death, reckless driving resulting in death, and duty to stop at the scene of an accident involving death.

During his initial court appearance on Friday, Williams appeared emotional and kept his gaze down. Prosecutors informed the court that they were able to trace Williams’ activities six hours prior to the crash. According to them, Williams had been drinking heavily at the Palms Casino and was captured on video appearing “highly intoxicated.” He allegedly had difficulty maintaining his balance and seemed disoriented around 3 a.m.

At that time, Palms security escorted Williams out and warned him that if he entered his vehicle, they would contact the police. Prosecutors claimed that security personnel observed Williams walking past his car and assumed he had left. However, he reportedly hid behind a tree before getting into his vehicle and driving away. Prosecutors also alleged that Williams hit the brake slightly during the collision but continued driving thereafter.

When Las Vegas officers located him several hours later, Williams allegedly made a perplexing statement, saying, “I didn’t kill them, you should be figuring out who did,” even before the officers explained the reason for their presence. He then purportedly claimed that his friend had been driving the vehicle but eventually confessed, saying, “It was me, I f—– up, I was driving, I wrecked ’em, I wrecked ’em.”

Prosecutors highlighted a prior DUI conviction from 2007 in which Williams had endangered an officer’s life by forcing them off the road. Although the conviction was not recent, the state argued that the similarities were significant, requesting a $1 million bail.

Williams’ defense attorney, on the other hand, argued for a maximum $20,000 bond, emphasizing that his client is a lifelong resident of Las Vegas with strong family and community support. The defense also pointed out Williams’ stable employment as a bell captain and valet for the past 13 years.

The judge ultimately set Williams’ bail at $500,000. If posted, he will be subjected to electronic monitoring and prohibited from driving or consuming alcohol. His next court appearance is scheduled for December 5.

Following the hearing, Williams’ family members declined to comment, requesting privacy during this difficult time. When approached for a statement, the Palms Casino referred inquiries to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, stating that the matter is an active criminal investigation.

ABC News reporter Luke Barr contributed to this report.

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