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Tuesday, 06 August 2013 16:35

Body Shop Foreman in Las Vegas Charged in Employee Shooting

An altercation between co-workers at an auto body shop in Las Vegas resulted in both suffering gunshot wounds and one of them charged with attempted murder during a fight on June 24.  Las Vegas Metro police released an arrest report describing an incident that resulted in charges against 47-year-old Kevin Montalvo.

When police arrived at the S&M Body Shop in the 5100 block of Dean Martin Drive in Las Vegas, NV, they found shop foreman Kevin Montalvo holding an ammunition magazine for a semi-automatic pistol, but not the gun, according to his arrest report.

Montalvo told police that he was attacked by two of his employees and shot one of the men in self defense. Shop employee Bryan Jackson had been shot four times. Both men fled the scene. While talking to officers, Montalvo complained of chest pain. When medical personnel discovered he had been shot in the chest, he was transported to University Medical Center trauma unit for emergency surgery. The third man involved, who had not been shot, drove Jackson to UMC, according to the arrest report. Police found the gun in Jackson’s car. Video footage at the body shop showed Montalvo approached Jackson and Jackson reacted by beating him, according to police. The footage also showed Montalvo with a pistol and he appeared to be firing at Jackson before the two struggled for the gun.  Both men were in stable condition after surgery. According to the witness in the report, Montalvo went to the business and confronted victim Bryan Jackson, who was on the job at the time. The witness said that Montalvo was at odds with Jackson about his work performance. Montalvo was arrested in absentia because of his injuries. He faces charges of attempted murder with a deadly weapon, battery with substantial bodily harm, and discharging firearm into occupied structure.

Police said that surveillance video indicated the physical confrontation was intiated by Jackson. That was when, according to the witness, gunshots were fired. The witness told police he saw Montalvo with a gun aimed at Jackson, who was charging at the suspect.  A struggle ensued, the witness described between Montalvo and Jackson. The witness told police he was able to seize the gun out of Montalvo’s hands, allowing both he and Jackson to flee to the hospital in the victim’s car, the report said.

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