Arrest Report Released in Fatal Stabbing, Police Shooting

LAS VEGAS -- More details are being released in the weekend stabbing death of a Las Vegas woman and the man accused of attacking her. The man was shot by police about 24 hours after the stabbing occurred.

Nathan Benson, 27, is facing charges in the killing of Shanna Fernandez Sunday night. According to the arrest report, Benson's mother was renting a room at the Fernandez home. Benson, who had recently been released from jail, was also staying at the home until he found a place to live. Another renter in the home told police he saw Fernandez and Benson sitting on the couch.

Benson's mother told police, she received a phone call from her son on Fernandez's phone just after midnight and he was upset with her because she had eaten at another family member's house without him.

The report says a woman discovered Fernandez laying on the floor and bleeding. That woman told police, Fernandez said Benson had stabbed her. Less than one hour later, Fernandez died from her stab wounds.

Metro Police received a report of a possible sighting of Benson on Monday night in the area of Rainbow Boulevard and Alta Drive. The arrest report states Benson, armed with two knives, was spotted by officers and attempted to flee. Police say as they tried to arrest Benson, he charged an officer and was shot.

According to the arrest report, the two knives Benson was holding appeared to have dried blood on them and matched knives missing from Fernandez's home.

Benson is at University Medical Center. His condition is unknown. He is facing charges of murder, assault on a police officer, and resisting arrest.


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