Juvenile suspect in police standoff dead of apparent suicide

LAS VEGAS - A Metro Police spokesman says a boy is dead from an apparent self-inflected gunshot wound, following a lengthy standoff in a neighborhood near Sam Boyd Stadium.

Police say the juvenile suspect shot himself as officers moved in during a burglary investigation.  Because police could not determine where the gunshot was directed, they were forced to exit the house and call for the SWAT team.

After several hours, SWAT officers entered the home and found the boy lifeless in a bedroom.  He was rushed to Sunrise Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"We would have hoped the negotiators would have established contact with him, would have been able to reason with him, and that he would have come to his senses and come out peacefully," said Metro spokesman Jay Rivera.  "That would have been the ideal outcome."

The boy was suspected in an earlier home-invasion robbery in the 4900 block of Droubay Drive, near Wetlands Park Lane and S. Broadbent Boulevard.

Around 2:37 p.m., a homeowner called 911 to report he caught an 11-year-old boy breaking into his home, and that two other boys ran away.

When detectives arrived, they interviewed the 11-year-old, which led them to a nearby home on Miners Ridge Drive.  Police say a woman allowed officers to enter the home.  That's when they apparently discovered two other juvenile suspects hiding.

Both boys took off.  One returned and tried again to hide in an upstairs bedroom.  As officers closed in, the boy fired a handgun once, which police later learned was the fatal shot.

Police confirmed they found evidence of other burglaries inside the home.  Rivera said there have been multiple burglaries in the area, including some in which guns were stolen.

One neighbor said the burglars are bold and frightening.

"These guys are coming in when people are in their home," said a neighbor who only gave his first name, Lazaro.  "So, now they're doing home invasions.  People are in their homes and they are breaking in."

Lazaro said the suspects in those break-ins are usually armed.

"It tends to happen a lot every summer," said another neighbor. "You've got kids out of school.  You know, there's nothing really to do at the house... And stuff like that happens."

Because the suspects are juveniles, police have not released their names.

No one else was hurt during the standoff, which kept people out of their houses for nearly seven hours.


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