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News Release

Gunman Ambushes Henderson Police Officer

August 20, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – A 63-year-old man who ambushed a Henderson Police Officer sitting in a patrol car was shot as officers returned fire Tuesday morning. The suspect later died at a hospital.

On Tuesday at 8 a.m. a police officer in a marked patrol car was conducting traffic control from an earlier accident on Boulder Highway, just south of College Avenue. The officer heard what she thought at first was fireworks and subsequently turned to her left to see a man approaching her from the median firing 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.

It is believed that the suspect rode a motorcycle to the area and parked it across Boulder Highway from the first officer. Officers found three handguns on the suspect and a rifle in the side bag on the motorcycle.

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 name of the suspect will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office once he has been positively identified and his family has been notified.

Detectives are investigating what prompted the suspect to ambush officers, but at this time there is no clear motive. It does not appear to be related to the earlier accident.

That accident occurred 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. Traffic was being diverted in both directions on Boulder Highway between College Avenue and Horizon Drive.

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