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Man arrested in Carson City after deadly Las Vegas fire

Updated February 10, 2022 - 8:54 pm

A 35-year-old man wanted in Las Vegas was arrested Tuesday in Carson City after an “intense” standoff, Carson City sheriff Ken Furlong said.

Shyhelee Coleman was arrested in Carson City, Las Vegas police said, after a fire killed a Las Vegas resident and three dogs on the afternoon of Nov. 10.

Coleman will return to Las Vegas to face charges in the case. It was not immediately clear what charges he faces.

Firefighters were called at 4:19 p.m. to 6223 E. Sahara Ave., near Tree Line Drive, where a single-story home was fully engulfed in flames, according to Clark County Fire Department Chief John Steinbeck.

Arson investigators soon contacted the Metropolitan Police Department, according to Metro homicide Lt. Ray Spencer.

The Clark County coroner’s office identified the woman killed in the fire as 35-year-old Melynda Bown, of Las Vegas. Her cause and manner of death were pending as of Thursday.

Officers had responded to the residence that morning, at around 7 a.m., for a domestic disturbance.

“Officers settled the disturbance after determining it was a civil property dispute,” police said Thursday.

Coleman’s car was spotted near Lake Tahoe on Tuesday, Furlong said. Later in the day, someone called the police to complain about a car parked in front of a gas station. Nevada Highway Patrol troopers and Carson City officers responded to the area and quickly figured out that Coleman, who was sitting in the car, was wanted in Las Vegas.

Coleman had a knife, and the ensuing standoff was “very, very serious,” Furlong said.

“He seemed very agitated,” Furlong said.

After more than 45 minutes, a negotiator offered Coleman a bottle of water but told him he needed to exit the car to get it. Coleman complied, and he was taken into custody without incident, Furlong said.

Furlong said he wasn’t sure why Coleman was in Carson City but believed he was only “passing through.”

A previous version of this story misspelled Bown’s name.

Contact Jonah Dylan at jdylan@reviewjournal.com. Follow @TheJonahDylan on Twitter.

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