Las Vegas Police Officer Mikalonis Undergoes Successful Surgery To Remove Bullet, Remains In Critical Condition

Las Vegas Police Officer Shay Mikalonis. Photo courtesy Las Vegas Police Department

Las Vegas police officer Shay Mikalonis is showing some improvement following surgery, after being shot in the head on Monday night in Las Vegas, according to new information released on Wednesday.

In the most recent Wednesday statement, Las Vegas Police Protective Association President Steve Grammas said of Mikalonis, “His blood pressure is getting better. He is still alive and he is fighting.”

Mikalonis was part of a large contingent of Las Vegas policemen monitoring demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd near the Circus Circus complex on Monday when protesters began hurling rocks and bottles at the officers near midnight.

Police reports state that as officers moved in to make arrests, a gunman standing across the street from the police fired a single shot, striking Mikalonis in the head.

The 29-year-old Mikalonis has been employed as a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer for just four years. His initial medical condition was reported  as “grave” as he was placed on life support.

His alleged shooter, 20-year-old Edgar Samaniego, has since been jailed on multiple counts, including attempted murder. During an initial court appearance, Samaniego was denied bail.

The Greek American fraternal organization AHEPA wrote on Facebook that Mikalonis is a member of St John’s Greek Orthodox church in Las Vegas.