Three suspects arrested in shooting death of police officer


A third suspect, a 17-year-old North Las Vegas resident, has been arrested in connection with the shooting death of Las Vegas police officer Trevor Nettleton. He has been charged on one count each of murder with a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. His name is being withheld due to his age. He is being held at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center.


Police have arrested three suspects in the shooting death of an off-duty Las Vegas police officer just after midnight today in a home near Lone Mountain Road and Bruce Street in North Las Vegas.

The officer has been identified as 30-year-old Trevor Nettleton, a three-year veteran of the department.

Nettleton was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds inside the home in the 1100 block of Emerald Stone Avenue, North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said.

Coon said the officer was gunned down in the garage of his home during an apparent robbery attempt in which there was an exchange of gunfire. Neighbors called in reports of gunfire at 12:18 a.m.

Clark County Undersheriff Rod Jett said the police officer had just arrived home after his shift with the Bolden Area Command, near Martin Luther King Boulevard and Vegas Drive. Jett said the shooting appears to be a random act. The officer was not in uniform and did not have his patrol car with him.

Police later arrested Prentice Marshall, 18, and Saul Williams Jr., 20, both of North Las Vegas. Marshall was at University Medical Center with unspecified non-life threatening injuries, police said in an afternoon news conference.

Both will be charged with murder with a deadly weapon.

Police would not say what led them to the two men as suspects, saying only there was probable cause for their arrests.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie called Nettleton a "good police officer, a great husband, father and family man."

North Las Vegas Police Chief Joe Forti said he was distressed to get the phone call about the slaying in the middle of the night.

"Being in law enforcement like this, when you hear something like this your heart sinks into the pit of your stomach."

Reached in Yakima, Wash., Nettleton’s father, Richard, said his son "gave his life for his country and for the city of Las Vegas. He felt it was his calling."

For this to happen in his home, "that’s uncalled for," Richard Nettleton said.

The officer’s wife, mother, a 1-year-old son and 2-month-old daughter were at home at the time of the shooting, Jett said.

The body was transported to the Clark County Coroner’s office, led by a procession of about 15 police patrol cars and motorcycles.

The motorcade reached the office about 11 a.m. and officers formed rows from the office’s receiving garage and the van. The men and women saluted the body as it was lowered on the stretcher and moved into the building.


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