Barricade ends with man taken into custody, hostage released

LAS VEGAS - Nearly five-and-a-half hours after it started, a barricade that involved shots fired between the suspect and police has ended with the suspect in custody and a hostage released.

The incident started around 10 a.m. near Robindale Road and Decatur Boulevard. The suspect could be facing numerous charges.

"Obviously when somebody shoots at the police, it's something that's very serious, and that's something the district attorney and our detectives will look at very closely to give the appropriate charges," said Metro Sgt. Jeff Clark. 

According to Metro, when officers arrived at a home in the 7700 block of Coral Catcus Court to answer a call on a domestic disturbance, they encountered a man armed with some type of long gun who fired shots at the officers resulting in the officers returning fire.

The man was able to get into a nearby residence where, police say, he held a person hostage. 

Metro sources tell 8 News NOW, the suspect is going through a divorce and was stressed out about his wife leaving him. The hostage, who was visiting from the Midwest, was staying at a neighbor's home when the suspect entered the home. Sources say the suspect was allegedly planning to kill the hostage and himself, but decided the end the barricade peacefully after talking with police.

The incident did cause a major disruption in the neighborhood because of the heavy police presence and closed roads. Police did evacuate people from their homes. Others could not get to their homes and had to wait in their cars on neighboring streets. School district buses were also rerouted to avoid the area.

Decatur Boulevard and Robindale Road remain closed as the investigation continues. 

There is also an investigation anytime and officer fires a weapon.

 

 

 


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