Man who shot, killed another man refused to say why, police say

Updated June 21, 2017 - 7:47 pm

Las Vegas police say a man who shot and killed another man in front of his apartment near Nellis Air Force Base last week refused to explain if he was facing imminent harm at the time.

Kevin Charles Hoskins, 26, is being held at the Las Vegas jail until a July 10 preliminary hearing in North Las Vegas Justice Court.

The shooting happened about 8:50 p.m. June 15 at The Rubix apartments, 5300 E. Craig Road, near Las Vegas Boulevard North. A man in his 50s died at the scene.

Hoskins was one of the people who called 911, according to a Las Vegas police report on his arrest. He told homicide detectives he was at home with his son and heard someone trying to open his front door.

Hoskins told police he open carries a 9mm handgun on his hip, and was holding the gun in his hand when he opened the door. The man began to act aggressive, and Hoskins fired two rounds at him.

The arrest report says Hoskins recognized the man from a recent incident, which was not violent or aggressive. Hoskins became defensive and argumentative and refused to tell police why he felt the need to bring a gun to the door and why he felt the need to shoot the man. He refused to say if the man who died had ever been inside his apartment and then stopped answering questions, the arrest report shows.

The man who was killed did not have any weaponson or around him.

Hoskins’ bail was set at $500,000Tuesday. He is facing a count of murder with a deadly weapon of a victim who is an older person.

Contact Wesley Juhl at and 702-383-0391. Follow @WesJuhl on Twitter.

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