Police investigating possible murder-suicide in central Las Vegas

Updated June 18, 2017 - 6:36 pm

Two people are dead after a possible murder-suicide Sunday in the central valley.

Metropolitan Police Department Lt. Grant Rogers said a man called police about 2:30 p.m. Sunday to report he had accidentally shot a woman in the stomach at an apartment complex on the 4100 block of West Twain Avenue, near Arville Street.

As arriving officers walked up the stairs to the apartment they heard a gunshot. A 9-year-old child answered the door, and told them the man had shot himself, Metro Lt. Dan McGrath said.

McGrath said the man and woman, both in their 30s, were the child’s parents. They both died at the scene.

The man called his mother before shooting the woman, but police did not describe the conversation. McGrath said the woman had a history of domestic violence, for which she had been arrested at least once. McGrath said it appeared the man did not live in the apartment.

“We can’t be in every house,” McGrath said, “but there’s cases where more could have been done by family or neighbors and by the police.”

The child was taken into custody by Child Protective Services.

McGrath said detectives will review the man’s 911 call and statements from the officers who first arrived at the apartment along with evidence from the scene.

According to local nonprofit and shelter Safe Nest, domestic violence can take many different forms and affects all kinds of people, “regardless of age, gender, race, marital status or sexual orientation.”

Those who believe they may be at risk for domestic violence can call 911, the Safe Nest Hotline at 1-800-486-7282, or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

Contact Max Michor at mmichor@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @MaxMichor on Twitter.

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