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Girlfriend tells police she shot boyfriend during altercation at their home

Updated August 18, 2022 - 4:14 pm

A man armed with a knife was fatally shot by his girlfriend at their home in the Spring Valley area Wednesday night, Las Vegas police said.

At around 9:25 p.m. in the 6200 block of Whitelion Walk Street, a woman in her 40s was in a fight with a man in his 50s, police said. The two were described to be in a dating relationship, according to Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Jason Johansson.

Police responded after the woman called 911 saying she had shot her boyfriend. The man died at the home.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the man as John Ernest Welsh, 58. He died from a gunshot wound to the head.

During the fight, the man allegedly pulled out a knife and the woman pulled out a gun and shot the man, Johansson said.

He said a teenage girl who police believe is the couple’s daughter was in the house.

Johansson said police were investigating whether the woman acted in self-defense. He said the woman and the teenager were being interviewed by police.

No further information was available.

Contact David Wilson at dwilson@reviewjournal.com. Follow @davidwilson_RJ on Twitter.

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