The first on-duty officer shooting of the year in North Las Vegas was prompted by a call about a suicidal man, a department official said Monday.
Police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said 52-year-old Robert Crampton was in critical condition at University Medical Center on Monday afternoon. Five patrol officers on Sunday night entered Crampton’s home, 5430 Winterdale St., thinking he might have hurt himself and needed medical attention.
Coon said that when the officers entered the home, Crampton shot at the officers. Two returned fire, striking him multiple times.
“The suspect (Crampton) suffered multiple gunshots wounds to his lower extremities, his lower torso and one of his hands.”
No officers were hurt.
The officers, who were not identified, were both 28. One officer was hired five years ago, and the other had six years of experience, Coon said. The officers were placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Roommate called police
Coon said officers were called to the home at 7:11 p.m. by one of Crampton’s roommates. He lived with two women, ages 52 and 22.
The roommates were evacuated upon officers’ arrival at the home, near Ann Road and Valley Drive.
Coon said officers tried to communicate with Crampton but were unsuccessful. They decided to enter the home about 8 p.m.
Officers knew Crampton had access to weapons.
“The suspect (Crampton) in this situation had immediate access to both multiple firearms that were in the home and edged weapons that were described as dull machete knives or sword-like,” Coon said.
No arrest history
Coon said Crampton has no arrest history with her agency. A Clark County court search did not reveal any convictions.
According to Clark County property records, Crampton bought his 2,217 square-foot home in December 2002.
There was no history of calls to police on domestic incidents or threats of suicide at Crampton’s home, Coon said.
She added that the officers involved were lucky they were not injured.
Police recovered two handguns at Crampton’s home.
Upon completion of the investigation, which may take weeks, Crampton could face several felony charges including attempted murder on a police officer, Coon said.
The identifications of the officers involved in the shooting are not expected to be released until 48 hours after the incident.
Review-Journal reporter Mike Blasky contributed to this report Contact reporter Antonio Planas at email@example.com or 702-383-4638.