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Armed suspect dies in Henderson officer-involved shooting

Updated September 22, 2018 - 4:05 pm

Henderson police fatally shot an armed man suspected in a violent robbery after he led officers on a short chase early Saturday.

About 4:50 a.m., the Henderson Police Department received a call reporting a violent robbery near Teton Ranch Avenue and Carnegie Street, according to Lt. Kirk Moore of the department’s public information office.

A vehicle matching the description of the car believed to be involved in the robbery was spotted later by patrol officers near Boulder Highway and East Texas Avenue. Moore did not say at what time the vehicle was seen.

Officers attempted to pull over the vehicle, Moore said, but the suspect continued driving until ultimately stopping near Gibson Road and Auto Show Drive.

The suspect got out of his vehicle and brandished a firearm before he took off running, leading police on a short chase toward the intersection of Gibson and Trail Canyon roads.

At press briefing Saturday morning, Moore released few details surrounding the shooting, saying only that the chase “ended in an officer-involved shooting.” The suspect died at the scene.

Late Saturday morning as police continued to investigate, patrol vehicles could be seen surrounding a red SUV parked near Trail Canyon and Gibson roads.

Moore did not say how many officers fired their weapons, but he said that the officers have been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation into their deadly use-of-force. They will be identified by the department within 48 hours.

The shooting marked the department’s third police shooting this year and its second fatal police shooting.

Henderson’s first fatal police shooting happened about a week before Saturday’s shooting, when four officers fired at a man who the department said charged at officers with a box cutter.

In 2016, a suspect in an attempted carjacking was fatally shot by a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper at the Findlay Cadillac dealership on Auto Show Drive. The agency said at the time that the man attempted to carjack an elderly couple at the Henderson dealership, where a man who was about 90 years old was thrown to the ground. A trooper shot the suspect when he got into the couple’s car.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter.

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