Detectives Continue Investigation into Gunman Who Ambushed A Henderson Police Officer
August 21, 2013
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PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510
Henderson, Nev. – Henderson Police detectives found more than 150 guns in the house of the suspect who ambushed a police officer but they did not find anything that sheds light on a motive for the unprovoked attack.
Detectives found more than 150 handguns, shotguns and rifles Tuesday night and Wednesday after obtaining a search warrant to look through the home of 63-year-old Edward J. Scheboth.
It remains unclear why Scheboth walked up to an officer sitting in a patrol car Tuesday morning on Boulder Highway near College Avenue and opened fire with a handgun. Several shots hit the patrol car, shattering the rear driver’s side window. The officer was able to put the patrol car in gear and pull away while radioing that she was under fire.
Officers at the nearby accident scene immediately got into two patrol cars and headed to assist the officer. As the officers approached, the suspect, who was walking across Boulder Highway, started firing at them striking at least one other police vehicle.
The officers stopped the patrol cars and got out to confront the suspect. Under fire from the approaching gunman, the officers had no other choice but to return fire at the suspect. Three officers fired their weapons. The suspect was struck and taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he later died. No officers were injured.
Scheboth had no criminal history with the Henderson Police Department. There were no calls for service to his home. His only apparent contact with police was being issued two speeding tickets with the last one more than a decade ago, one in 1991 and another in 2001.
Detectives will continue to investigate the incident seeking a motive for the ambush on a police officer, but there is a possibility that a motive for the attack may not be determined.
The names of the officers involved will be released 48 hours from the time of the incident per Department policy. The officers were placed on routine paid administrative leave during the investigation of the incident.
The officers were in the area prior to the ambush for an accident that occurred Tuesday about 4:35 a.m. on Boulder Highway near Horizon Drive. A driver struck a pedestrian who tried to cross the roadway. The pedestrian was not in a crosswalk. Drugs and alcohol are not suspected to be a factor in the crash. The pedestrian died at the scene.
Fatal Accident Investigators were investigating the accident at the time of the shooting. Officers were diverting traffic in both directions on Boulder Highway between College Avenue and Horizon Drive.
Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
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