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Man shot by cop near Vegas casino accused of auto theft

  • ASSOCIATED PRESSThis Wed. Aug. 14, 2013 booking photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Clark County Detention Center shows Saul Villegas, 27,  of Bellflower, Calif., who was being held Thursday at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending a court appearance. Villegas who was shot and wounded by an off-duty Las Vegas police detective outside a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino is facing a felony attempted auto theft charge. (AP Photo/ Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)
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    This Wed. Aug. 14, 2013 booking photo provided by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Clark County Detention Center shows Saul Villegas, 27, of Bellflower, Calif., who was being held Thursday at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending a court appearance. Villegas who was shot and wounded by an off-duty Las Vegas police detective outside a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino is facing a felony attempted auto theft charge. (AP Photo/ Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

LAS VEGAS >> A 27-year-old California man shot and wounded by an off-duty Las Vegas police detective outside a Las Vegas Strip hotel-casino is facing a felony attempted auto theft charge.

Records show that Saul Villegas of Bellflower, Calif., was being held Thursday at the Clark County jail in Las Vegas pending a court appearance in the 9 p.m. Sunday incident outside the Excalibur.

Police say Villegas was treated for a wrist wound after he was shot by Detective Bernard Plaskett.

Police say Villegas got into Plaskett’s vehicle and refused get out while Plaskett was delivering items to the hotel.

Police allege that Villegas reached for something near his waist before he was shot.

Officials haven’t said whether Villegas was armed.

Plaskett is on paid leave pending administrative review of the shooting.

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