The man who died in a gun battle that injured two sheriff's deputies at a Lake Tahoe casino showed suicidal tendencies and bought firearms at a local dealer just hours before Saturday's shooting.
53-year-old Harvey Ex of Sunset Beach, California was shot
multiple times and died Saturday afternoon at Harrah's Tahoe.
Douglas County Sheriff's Sergeant Joe Duffy told the Tahoe Daily
Tribune that Ex had an extensive criminal history and was a felon
on probation in Las Vegas for assault with a deadly weapon.
Ex struggled with the two veteran deputies before he shot them
with a 32-caliber handgun in a V-I-P room for high-stakes gamblers.
One deputy was struck in the hand, hip and arm. The other was
shot in the torso but the bullet was blocked by a bulletproof vest.
Both were treated and released from area hospitals over the
Investigators are still trying to figure out what triggered the
Duffy says Ex drove up in a limousine to Roundhill Square
earlier Saturday and bought two antique guns from Guns of Tahoe.
A 1993 gun control law known as the Brady Bill prohibits the
sale of handguns to felons and requires a waiting period and
licensing on their purchase. But the law does not apply to