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Disabled Minnesota veteran shot dead by off-duty security guard in Las Vegas

The 33-year-old's family say he was traveling the country.

A veteran from Minnesota has died in Las Vegas after being shot during a confrontation with an off-duty security guard.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said the fatal shooting happened at lunchtime last Thursday in the parking lot of the Fun City Motel on South Las Vegas Boulevard, near the Stratosphere Tower.

The security guard, 29-year-old Spencer Trevathan, was standing on the 2nd floor walkway exchanging words with 32-year-old Keith Friese, originally from Ramsey, Minnesota.

Surveillance footage shows Trevathan approach Friese and shove him. When Friese shoved him back, Trevathan allegedly drew a gun and shot him, before calling 911 and giving first aid until responders arrived.

Friese, who was apparently unarmed, died a short time later in hospital.

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KSNV News in Las Vegas reports that Friese was a disabled veteran who had been traveling the country.

"He was the nicest, kindest," his stepmom, Kelli Friese, told the station. "He was non-confrontational. He was never in a fight in his life."

Trevathan also worked as a firearms instructor at a shooting range in Las Vegas, and himself once served in the Army.

He is being held on murder charges.

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