A Las Vegas police sergeant has confirmed that Oct. 1 gunman Stephen Paddock was dead before any officers breached his Mandalay Bay suite. A document unsealed Tuesday seemed to contradict that, stating that “as SWAT officers breached room 135, they observed Stephen Paddock place a gun to his head and fire one round.” The sergeant who helped author the preliminary report said it became clear as the investigation unfolded that none of the officers saw the gunman shoot himself. Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo reaffirmed those details in a news conference the day the police report was released.
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Douglas Haig, identified as a person of interest in documents related to the Las Vegas shooting, spoke to reporters Tuesday evening outside his home in Mesa, Arizona. (Madison Miller/Las Vegas Review-Journal Correspondent)
A judge unsealed nearly 300 pages of search warrant records, including one document that publicly identified an additional “person of interest” in the Oct. 1 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip. “Until the investigation can rule otherwise, Marilou Danley and Douglas Haig have become persons of interest who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,” according to the Metropolitan Police Department document Danley was Paddock’s girlfriend and initially was named as a person of interest in the investigation. Authorities later said they do not expect her to face charges. Haig, whose name had not been previously released, spoke to reporters Tuesday evening outside his home in Mesa, Arizona, and confirmed that he has been contacted by investigators. “I’m the guy that sold ammunition to Stephen Paddock,” Haig said. He said he met with Paddock, the gunman behind the mass shooting, once but did not know him. He declined to answer additional questions.
Document shows police ID’d 2nd ‘person of interest’ in days after Las Vegas shooting. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
A man who allegedly tried to use a counterfeit bill at the Aria was hospitalized after he jumped off an overpass trying to escape police. About 2 a.m. Tuesday, security at the Aria flagged down police. When police tried to talk to him, the man fled and led police on a foot chase, according to Lt. David Gordon. The chase ended at the Harmon Avenue overpass above Interstate 15, when the man jumped off the side and landed in the rocky landscaping below. The man was taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Tuesday’s headlines: man accused of using counterfeit bill jumps off overpass, middle school teacher arrested on child sex charges, parking rates to increase at nearly a dozen Strip properties. Elaine Wilson/Las Vegas Review-Journal
Roughly 20,000 ice age fossils that were excavated from Las Vegas’ own Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument and surrounding areas in Nevada, but have been stored in California museums for the past 20 years, finally came home to the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.
Clark County firefighters responded Monday night to a vacant house fire at 3687 Lanai Ave. Neighbors said the people living there had moved out recently, but had been cleaning the house over the weekend. Neighbors watched as firefighters quickly doused flames coming from inside a car port. One grateful neighbor thanked firefighters with cookies. The cause of the fire is being investigated.
Two groups say they conducted their own survey of Clark County residents and found that the majority of them believe the district should enforce current bullying laws rather than create a new policy. (Amelia Pak-Harvey/Las Vegas Review-Journal)