Police say 2 killed by officers in Las Vegas cases had guns

By Ken Ritter, Associated Press | Posted - Dec. 15, 2015 at 2:41 p.m.



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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A woman who threatened suicide before being shot by Las Vegas police and a man who was fatally wounded after confronting patrol officers investigating a separate robbery call were each armed when they were killed, department spokesmen said Tuesday.

Neither the woman nor the man was immediately identified Tuesday by the Clark County coroner. Police said the two shootings on Monday were not connected.

The two brought to 14 the number of shootings involving Las Vegas police officers in 2015, including 10 that have resulted in deaths. It wasn't immediately clear if Las Vegas police had been involved in the past in more than one unrelated shooting in a day.

The man fatally shot late Monday came out of a house on King Palm Avenue with a handgun and pointed it at officers who were taking three other people into custody during a robbery investigation, police said in a statement.

Sgt. Jeff Clark, a department spokesman, said in a video posted to the Internet that officers traced the license plate of a vehicle seen leaving the scene of an earlier robbery to the address in a neighborhood northeast of downtown.

Clark said the man challenged officers and refused to drop the gun. Hewas fatally wounded a little after 8:30 p.m., and retreated into the house.

Officers entered the house and summoned paramedics.

The man was pronounced dead at University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

The shooting wasn't far from a neighborhood where a woman displayed a handgun and a shotgun before being shot and killed by SWAT officers.

The woman earlier told friends, members of a counseling group and police during an hourslong standoff that she wanted to kill herself or get into a gunfight with the officers, Clark said.

Police initially went to the house on Aviation Street a little before 6 a.m. after receiving an out-of-state request to check on the woman. They received no answer and left without speaking with her.

Police returned about 10:40 a.m. after a call from a counseling group representative who said the woman had taken excessive amounts of prescription medication and had a firearm.

SWAT officers were summoned after the woman displayed a handgun and threatened to shoot officers, police said.

The woman exited the house a little after 2 p.m., with a shotgun pointed at her own head. She was shot by two SWAT officers when she aimed the weapon toward police, Clark said.

The officer involved in the nighttime shooting and two SWAT officers involved in the afternoon shooting weren't immediately identified. They were all placed on paid leave, pending the results of departmental and district attorney investigations.

Officer Larry Hadfield said Tuesday that he didn't immediately know if any of the officers involved wore body cameras. He said any video would be reviewed as part of the investigations.

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