HENDERSON, NV – Four people are dead following a shooting at an apartment complex near Wigwam Parkway and Stephanie Street, officials said Tuesday morning.
The dead include one person shot by city police.
About 11 a.m. on Tuesday, a dispatcher received a call about a possible shooting at an apartment complex at 1445 Stonelake Cove, which is inside The Douglas at Stonelake apartment complex, about 16 miles southeast of Las Vegas.
Capt. Jason Kuzik of the Henderson Police Department said at a news conference later on Tuesday that the caller reported hearing what sounded like gunshots and seeing:
“Someone with a possible gunshot wound in a nearby doorway.”
Upon arrival, they found two people suffering from gunshot wounds and “a possible suspect in a parked car that was nearby.”
Officers tried to contact this person, and it “resulted in an officer-involved shooting.”
Police say officers approached the vehicle and fatally shot the suspect.
“Officers attempted to contact this individual, and this contact resulted in an officer-involved shooting.”
Four people are dead, and authorities transported one person to a nearby hospital. The condition of the person transported to the hospital is unknown.
It’s unclear if all of the victims lived at the apartment complex. A possible motive for the shooting is unknown.
Asked for the condition of the officers involved in the incident, Captain Kuzik said:
“I don’t have the information right now.”
A spokeswoman for the department later confirmed that all officers involved were safe.
The person in the vehicle was among the four people killed. Paramedics took the fifth victim to the hospital.
It’s unknown how many people police shot at or if the man identified as a “possible suspect” got hurt before police arrival.
At the news conference, Captain Kuzik said police have yet to confirm the identities of the people involved. The police were still investigating the matter, including what led to the initial shootings.
The killings took place at a three-story building at an apartment complex, The Douglas at Stonelake, that one resident, Amber Belmonte, said was generally quiet.
Ms. Belmonte, 38, said in a phone interview, she was looking out a window in her apartment on Tuesday morning when she noticed about a half-dozen police vehicles, with sirens blaring, racing into the complex. She went outside to see what was happening.
Ms. Belmonte, an emergency medical technician who grew up in the city, recalled:
“I started seeing assault rifles, bulletproof vests,”
She counted more than two dozen marked police vehicles. More police arrived in unmarked cars, SWAT cars, fire trucks, and ambulances.
That’s when a burst of gunfire rang out. Ms. Belmonte ran back into her apartment. Life is generally uneventful at the apartment complex, including a heated outdoor pool, a bocce court, and a hammock farm.
“I imagined the only thing I was going to stress about was the election.”
@HendersonNVPD Police activity in the area of N Stephanie St and Wigwam Pkwy.
Please avoid the area.
More updates to follow as they become available. pic.twitter.com/H5AiJflygG
— Henderson Police (@HendersonNVPD) November 3, 2020
As a result of the shooting, the roads closed near Stephanie Street and Wigwam Avenue following a shooting involving police in Henderson.
Police blocked all lanes were blocked in both directions on Stephanie Street, and a large police presence remained in the area.
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Henderson Police continue to investigate October 15, 2020, alleged attempted kidnapping and armed robbery that led to an officer-involved shooting. Officer Scott Alward shot the suspect seven times.
At 6:10 p.m. on October 15, when dispatchers received a 911 call from a man who claimed the suspect kidnapped him. The man escaped his kidnapper and claimed the kidnapper was in Lake Mead Parkway and Boulder Highway.
While on the phone with dispatchers, the man provided a suspect description, vehicle description and said the suspect had a handgun.
Police arrived on the scene soon after the call and located a vehicle fitting the description. Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the car drove away.
A short chase ensued, which ended as the suspect crashed into another vehicle near Galleria Drive and Boulder Highway. The driver of the other vehicle suffered minor injuries at the scene.
The suspect exited his vehicle with a gun in his hand, resulting in the officer-involved shooting. During the investigation, the suspect did not leave the car with a gun in his hand. Police believe the suspect discarded the firearm earlier. Police located a loaded firearm on the roadway on the path of the pursuit.
Paramedics took the suspect to a local hospital, but his status is unknown.
Police say it is too early to know if the alleged kidnapping victim and suspect knew each other. Police say the victim who called 911 was not injured.
Investigators believe the recovered firearm is the same gun the suspect had in his possession during the alleged kidnapping and robbery. Police confiscated and impounded the handgun.
Police have charged David Flores Junior with the following offenses:
- First-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon.
- Robbery with a deadly weapon.
- Attempted robbery with a deadly weapon.
- Assault on a protected person with a deadly weapon.
- Driver disobeying peace officer, endangering other persons or property.
- Possession of a firearm with an altered or removed serial number and an ex-felon in possession of a firearm.
The suspect is in “stable” condition and expected to survive, according to Plunkett.
According to the Henderson Police Department, this is the fifth officer-involved shooting in 2020.
Officer Alward has been employed with the City of Henderson Police Department since July of 2014 and assigned to the Field Operations Bureau.
Officer Alward remains on administrative leave.
The Henderson Police Department says this remains an active investigation.
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