Police: Man fatally shoots wife, calls police to surrender

By Brittany Edney | bedney@lasvegasnow.com, Chris Benka

Published 07/25 2016 04:20PM

Updated 07/25 2016 11:15PM

A Henderson man has been arrested for the murder of his wife. Neighbors say there was a history of problems at the home.

Police say 64-year-old Dennis Kopp shot his wife, then stood outside his home on the phone with dispatchers until officers arrived.

Neighbors say there were signs of trouble with Kopp being taken into custody before.

With weapons drawn and shields up, police approached Kopp's home Sunday afternoon, after he reportedly called 911 to confess to killing his wife: 61-year-old Paulette King.

"The policeman came to the door and asked if we are alright,” said neighbor Nancy O’Connor. “We came out, and there were like 10 police cars and fire engines here."

She says she still can't believe what happened.

"It's just terrible anytime something horrible like that happens in a family,” she said.

She says she has seen police confront Kopp before; she recalled an incident exactly one year prior to the shooting.

"I think it was a domestic situation, where they came to our neighborhood,” O’Connor said. “There was a lot of police cars then, and they took him and arrested him. It was exactly a year ago, which is really strange."

An arrest report was not yet available and could shed new light on what happened before King was shot.

Kopp is being held at the Henderson Detention Center. He declined 8 News NOW’s interview request.

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