A Henderson police officer shot at and missed a suspect who had a phone in his hand and appeared to be pointing it at police Thursday night.
Police said the unidentified officer believed the man was holding a gun and that his life was in danger when he fired one shot at Peter Terry, 29, of Henderson.
Terry’s mother called 911 about 9 p.m. and said Terry had threatened to kill himself, police said.
Terry also told his wife he would force officers to shoot him if she called the police, his wife later told officers.
When police officers arrived at Terry’s apartment on Ramrod Avenue, near Mountain Vista Street, Terry ran to a desert area.
An officer spotted him in the desert about 10 p.m. and ordered him to drop the object in his hand , but Terry raised it at the officer, who then fired, police said. Terry was taken into custody by police with the aid of dogs a short time later and booked for resisting an officer.
The name of the officer involved in the shooting will be released 48 hours after the incident. The officer has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending outcome of the investigation.