A 32-year-old man who authorities said shot his mother three times before firing at police at a credit union in southwest Las Vegas was ordered held on $300,000 bail on Thursday.
William Cass Jackson faces charges of attempted murder with use of a deadly weapon, burglary while in possession of a gun, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, discharging a gun in a prohibited area, robbery with use of a deadly weapon, carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, assault on a protected person with a deadly weapon, battery with use of a deadly weapon resulting in substantial bodily harm on an elderly victim, first-degree kidnapping, assault and domestic battery.
The charges stem from a shooting on Wednesday at Navy Federal Credit Union, 6975 Spring Mountain Road, near Rainbow Boulevard.
Police said at the time that a woman at the business, later identified as Jackson’s mother, suffered multiple gunshot wounds about 9:15 a.m. Las Vegas police chased a suspect involved in the shooting, with police firing several shots at the man. The suspect then barricaded himself in a parking lot near Rainbow Boulevard and Desert Inn Road. Police safely took the suspect into custody after about 90 minutes of negotiations.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Peter Thunell told Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Joe Bonaventure that Jackson held his mother, whose age and name were not released, at gunpoint inside her home before forcing her to the credit union and withdraw $2,000 before shooting her. When police arrived, he fired at officers, the prosecutor said.
“The state has very real concerns with this case for obvious reasons,” Thunell said. “What we have in this case is just so dangerous, to the victim and to the community at large.”
The woman’s condition was not available as of Thursday morning.
Deputy Public Defender Josie Bayudan pointed out that Jackson had no criminal history, and had lived in Las Vegas for 10 years.
“So obviously, this incident is an aberration,” she said, asking for Jackson to be released on house arrest. “It’s not his character, and I’m sure there is a reason why this happened that can mitigate the seriousness of the offenses.”
Bonaventure acknowledged the lack of a criminal past, but called the allegations “very disturbing.”