LAS VEGAS -- It's still a mystery to what triggered the murder-suicide in Boulder City, but it's no secret that police officers deal with a lot of stress on the job as Henderson Police continue their investigation into what went wrong with Hans Walters.
The reasons that sent Walters, a father and Metro Police lieutenant to kill his wife and young son, are questions that linger in the aftermath of the Boulder City tragedy.
Families of those sworn to serve and protect know the work of an officer can be tough.
Tracie Paris, whose spouse is a former Metro sergeant, said she doesn't know what pushed Walters over the edge, but has a good idea of the stresses an officer faces.
"I just never realized the job that they do can really take its toll on them, and I wish I would have been better prepared," said Paris. "I think in general, police officers just do not open up about their feelings. That's why they can stand at a horrific event or something that happens and look stoic and not have any kind of emotions on their faces because they have to learn that."
Paris said her husband Clarke came to her one day because the stress of the job and the horrors he faced became too much.
"If you don't let that out or empty that pot out as we say, and deal with it, it's going to come and haunt you one day sooner or later," Paris said.
Clarke Paris said dealing with the job and sharing what was bothering him is something a lot of officers don't do, but raising awareness and communicating with loved ones can save lives.
"You can't go to a wreck where someone's brains are laying in the gutter or there's a dead baby or a body with no head and be done and say I'm okay," Clarke Paris said. "Believe it or not, if you're struggling you're not alone."
The Paris family shares their experiences with a lecture workshop called Pain Behind the Badge.
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