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Off-duty Henderson officer shoots, kills man in home

An off-duty Henderson police officer shot and killed a gun-wielding man during a domestic dispute at a Seven Hills home early Friday morning.

The officer was at a woman’s home at 3038 Via Sarafina Dr., near Seven Hills Drive and Lizard Leaf Drive, when the woman’s estranged husband came to the home around 1:15 a.m., according to Henderson police.

The 38-year-old husband 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 the husband, killing him.

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

Authorities did not release the name of the officer, the woman or her husband. The home is registered to a Sabina Iskenderova. Public records show she bought the home new in 2002 with a Ruslan Zhgenti.

Neighbors described them as a reclusive but polite Eastern European couple in their 30s. None of the neighbors knew their names.

“They were very, very quiet,” neighbor Jay Razor said. “He was pretty shy.”

Police were at the home well into the afternoon, according to neighbor Jason House. He said he saw investigators take a personal computer and several brown paper sacks out of the home.

He added that he knew all of his neighbors except for the couple at that home.

“Them, they’ve always kept to themselves,” House said.

The two-story stucco home in the gated community was well-kept, with a neatly trimmed lawn. Razor said he believed a late-model Toyota sport utility vehicle parked in its driveway Friday afternoon belonged to the husband.

Christian Hardigree said she met the couple once about six years ago.

“Honestly, the impression I had was that he did not want her to socialize with anyone,” she said.

She hardly saw the couple and didn’t know whether there were issues with their marriage.

“It’s terribly unfortunate,” Hardigree said.

None of the neighbors said they heard gunshots or a commotion before emergency units arrived at the house.

“One of my neighbors called and said, ‘Look outside. There’s an army of police officers out there,’ ” Cathy Razor said.

The incident was the fourth officer-involved shooting by Henderson police this year. In April, police fired at but missed a state Fire Marshal’s investigator who fired at officers. In June six officers shot and killed a woman after she allegedly 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 ruled the latter two shootings were justified.

The officer in Friday’s incident has been placed on paid routine administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation.

Contact reporter Lawrence Mower at lmower@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0440.

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