LV officers identified in shooting

Las Vegas police on Friday identified the two officers who shot a man in a southwest valley home late Tuesday night.

Officers John Abel, a two-year veteran of the department, and Brian DeBecker, a 19-year veteran of the department, have been placed on routine paid administrative leave after the shooting.

The officers were responding to an 11:08 p.m. domestic violence call at 9562 Knotweed Ave., near Fort Apache Road and Patrick Lane.

According to the arrest report for 29-year-old Marcus Jackson, Jackson’s daughter called a friend claiming that her father was threatening to kill her mother.

The friend called 911 to report the incident and drove to the house, flagging down DeBecker along the way.

When DeBecker, Abel and another officer arrived at the home, they could hear yelling and screaming coming from inside. They tried knocking on the door and announced their presence, according to the report.

Nobody answered, and the friend gave the officers a key to the house, which they used to enter through the front door.

They saw Jackson “charging at them” with a 17-inch knife, and Abel and DeBecker fired at him.

Jackson fell and got up with the knife. The officers fired again and he fell to the ground, the report states.

He was taken to University Medical Center, where police said he is expected to live. He was booked in absentia for attempted murder on a police officer and resisting arrest with a deadly weapon.

He is being held without bail.

Previous news reports say an officer named Brian DeBecker was involved in three previous shootings in the 1990s. One was fatal and all were found to be justifiable.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at or 702-383-0440.

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