Police identify 19-year-old slain in Summerlin backyard

The Summerlin resident who shot and killed a man in his backyard on Tuesday shot the man through a window, police said Tuesday.

Homicide Lt. Ray Steiber said the resident, who has not been identified or charged, shot and killed Demarcus Carter, 19, on Tuesday morning outside his home at 2185 Spurs Court, near Town Center Drive and Sahara Avenue.

Carter was shot multiple times, according to the county coroner's office.

Steiber said Carter died in the yard.

Carter was not armed, but police suspect he was trying to break into the house.

"There was no reason for anybody to be back there, especially someone he didn't know," Steiber said. "There was a tall block wall and a padlocked gate. No easy access."

Steiber did not say whether the resident fired shots as Carter was running away, citing the active investigation.

He said detectives will submit a case to the Clark County district attorney's office to determine whether a crime was committed.

"We're going to put everything together and let them determine if what he did was reasonable," he said.

Neighbors said the resident was a man in his late 50s who began renting the home about six months ago. He was described as a quiet person who kept to himself.

Detectives were at the resident's home Wednesday afternoon.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283.