Police officer shot during Las Vegas protest paralyzed

Published: Jun. 14, 2020 at 6:54 PM EDT
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An officer who was shot in the head during a Las Vegas protest of the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis is paralyzed from the neck down, on a ventilator and unable to speak.

Officer Shay Mikalonis was shot on June 1 during protests over the death of Floyd at the hands of police. The officer's family released a statement Saturday through the police, saying the 29-year-old is expected to stay on the ventilator.

He has been tentatively accepted at a spine rehabilitation center. A 20-year-old man is charged in the shooting.

An appointed public defender says his client will plead not guilty.

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