Vegas police double up amid radio system glitches

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Updated: 7/03/2014 4:39 pm

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Las Vegas police say officers will be traveling in pairs after problems cropped up with the department's glitchy radio system during a recent officer-involved shooting.

Assistant Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Thursday that the department will keep the same number of officers on the streets, but the number of patrol cars will be reduced for officers' safety. The department is also hoping to switch over to its new radio system sooner than the originally scheduled January implementation date.

The changes came after officer Ryan McNabb was involved in a chase and shootout on June 26. Officials say McNabb struggled to communicate over his radio while he traded gunfire with suspect Joshua Bacharach.

Bacharach was later apprehended by a police dog and has been charged with multiple counts, including attempted murder.

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