Man who shot himself after police standoff ID’d

The Las Vegas man police said shot himself during a standoff with a SWAT team Friday night has been identified by the Clark County coroner’s office.

David Viestenz, 63, had barricaded himself inside a trailer in the 2600 block of Betty Lane, near the intersection of Nellis Boulevard at Carey Avenue, a little before 4 p.m., police said.

The incident began with an argument between two men. Viestenz reportedly stabbed the other man in the arm area before locking himself in the trailer.

The man who was stabbed had injuries that were not life-threatening.

SWAT was called to the scene and negotiated with him for hours. Police said Viestenz shot himself shortly before 9 p.m.

The coroner’s office had not identified the official cause or manner of his death Tuesday afternoon.

Contact Wesley Juhl at and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @WesJuhl.


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