Updated Sep 20, 2012 - 2:49 pm
Marshal shoots, kills Arizona fugitive in Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- An armed fugitive who was shot and killed by a deputy U.S. marshal after a car chase and foot pursuit in North Las Vegas was wanted in Tucson, in a violent home invasion that left an elderly man with life-threatening head injuries, authorities said Thursday.
The dead man, Thomas Lars Domagala, 27, was identified by three law enforcement officials who told The Associated Press they could not be identified pending notification of Domagala's family by the Clark County coroner.
The deputy marshal involved in the shooting wasn't immediately identified.
He was part of a regional fugitive apprehension task force that, according to police, tried to stop a 2008 Toyota Camry with Domagala and two women inside about 3 p.m. Wednesday. The chase went several blocks before the car collided with another vehicle and was blocked by a fugitive team vehicle.
North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell said everyone ran from the car, but the women were quickly apprehended.
Domagala had a gun in his hand as he ran toward a gasoline service station construction site at the busy Martin Luther King Boulevard and Cheyenne Avenue crossroads in North Las Vegas. He was confronted and shot by the heavily armed deputy marshal.
No other injuries were reported.
The driver of the car, Tabitha Alvarez, 26, and passenger Meggan Lecroy, 22, were arrested on misdemeanor charges and held overnight at the Las Vegas city jail, Bedwell said. The women are from Arizona.
Alvarez was held pending a court appearance on charges that included disobeying and obstructing a police officer, speeding and failure to stop after an accident. Lecroy was charged with obstructing a police officer.
Javier Jimenez, a deputy marshal in Las Vegas, said Thursday the shooting was being investigated by North Las Vegas police and the U.S. Marshal Service was unable to release additional information.
Domagala had been sought in Arizona on a warrant issued in Pima County following an investigation of a Sept. 11 break-in and pistol-whipping of a man in his 80s at a Tucson-area home.
A news release issued at the time said the man suffered a fractured skull. Sheriff's Deputy Renee Carlson said Thursday she did not know the victim's current condition.
The Arizona sheriff's office said Domagala had been released from prison in March, and investigators believed he was responsible for at least six different burglaries in Pima County since July.
Wednesday's shooting was the first involving U.S. marshals in the Las Vegas area in more than two years but the second shooting involving a federal agent in two months in the Las Vegas area.
An ex-convict sought on a warrant in armed robbery case and wanted for questioning in a Las Vegas-area homicide case was killed Aug. 2 outside a neighborhood casino when he was confronted by a team of FBI agents and police officers. The FBI has not released a report on that case.
A court security guard died and a deputy marshal was wounded when a shotgun-toting man opened fire Jan. 4, 2010, into the lobby of the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building. The 66-year-old gunman was killed in a furious gunbattle outside the federal building on Las Vegas Boulevard.
A coroner's inquest later cleared marshals and court security officers in his slaying.