Metro Police Remember Sergeant Prendes

LAS VEGAS - Today was an anniversary many will never forget as Metro Police Sergeant Henry Prendes went on a domestic violence call seven years ago and was ambushed by a suspect, who was shot and killed.

Police are now better equipped with more gun power, but the danger has never gone away.

Metro said it's one of the most dangerous situations police go to as Sergeant Prendes was responding to a desperate call for help.

"It doesn't seem like 7 years ago when we lost Sgt. Henry Prendes, but we lost Sgt. Prendes to a domestic violence call," Metro Officer Bill Cassell said. "They were literally ambushed by a coward with a gun."

The images of that day are forever burned into the memories of many including former Metro Sheriff Bill Young.

"I could see the body of my officer there on the driveway of a home in front of me and my heart just sank," Young said. "Probably one of the worst days in my law enforcement career, if not the worst."

Young said the day began as a celebration to honor Metro's heroes during an award ceremony and got word that something was wrong.

In the years since Prendes death, the late officer has been remembered for his sacrifice and service with a golf tournament and a camp named in his honor.

"Many people come forward in our community to support Metro and the other agencies when we lose an officer, or an officer's injured and the first one that comes to mind is the injured police officer fund," Young said.

The former sheriff added his officer's commitment to serve and protect his community was what Sergeant Prendes was all about. It's been seven years since the sergeant was killed and the anniversary never gets any easier for metro and for the people who faced that terrible day.

The suspect Amir Crump was shot and killed.

Sergeant Prendes served with Metro Police for 14 years and left behind two daughters


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