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
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
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.