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Standoff in northwest Las Vegas ends with police officer in custody

Updated February 8, 2018 - 6:53 pm

A recently indicted Las Vegas police officer was taken into custody early Thursday after an hourslong standoff with police in the northwest valley.

Police responded about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to reports of a suicidal man barricaded near Corn Creek, Metropolitan Police Department Lt. David Gordon said.

North Las Vegas police said Metro officer Bret Theil, 38, was taken into custody about 5:30 a.m. Theil later was booked at the Las Vegas Detention Center, police said.

Metro’s SWAT unit initially was called to help North Las Vegas police with the incident, Gordon said. North Las Vegas police spokesman Eric Leavitt later said Metro took the lead on the incident.

Theil was indicted Wednesday on more than two dozen kidnapping and sexual assault charges involving a child. A Metro spokeswoman said Wednesday that Theil was expected to be relieved of duty without pay.

The department veteran faces six counts of first-degree kidnapping, five counts of lewdness with a child under 14, six counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14, four counts of sexual assault with a minor under 16, four counts of sexual assault and two counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.

According to the indictment, the crimes occurred between August 2005 and January 2017.

Contact Mike Shoro at mshoro@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5290. Follow @mike_shoro on Twitter. Review-Journal staff writers Blake Apgar and David Ferrara contributed to this report.

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