Gun-wielding man killed by off-duty officer identified

A gun-wielding man killed Friday by an off-duty Henderson police officer was identified Monday by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Ruslan Zhgenti, 38, from Henderson, was shot and killed by the off-duty officer during a domestic dispute at a home near Seven Hills Drive and Lizard Leaf Drive. Zhgenti confronted his estranged wife about 1:15 a.m., according to Henderson police.

Zhgenti did not live at the home, police said. He entered and confronted the two people with a handgun. The off-duty officer, a 32-year-old North Las Vegas resident, grabbed his own handgun and fired at Zhgenti, killing him.

Henderson officials identified the off-duty officer as Edward Little, who has been with the department since 2008.

Kathy Blaha, a spokeswoman with the city, said the incident is under investigation. After the investigation is concluded, it will be determined whether any charges will be filed in the case.

Little used a personal weapon, not his department-issued handgun, police said. Police described his relationship with the woman as a friendship.

The home is registered to a Sabina Iskenderova. Public records show she bought the home new in 2002 with Zhgenti.

The incident was the fourth officer-involved shooting by Henderson police this year. In April, police shot a state Fire Marshal’s investigator who fired at officers. In June six officers shot and killed a woman after she tried to hit them with her car. A month later police shot a man who was waving a gun around in his front yard next to his son. Coroner’s inquest juries found the latter two shootings were justified.

Little has been placed on paid routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.


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