2 Found Dead in Henderson Home Where Police Officer was Wounded

By: Ken Ritter AP
By: Ken Ritter AP

Two people were found dead Wednesday in a home in which a police officer was wounded while responding to a domestic dispute report, authorities said.

A police robot found the bodies of a suspected gunman and a woman a little after 11 a.m., almost four hours after a woman called 911, Henderson police spokesman Todd Rasmussen said.

A woman believed to be in her 40s and her 11-year-old son fled the house when police arrived about 7:15 a.m., Rasmussen said. Police believe the two people found dead, both in their 20s, were that woman's daughter and daughter's boyfriend. None of their identities were immediately made public.

"The preliminary indication is that he was the one who exchanged gunfire with police and that he shot the woman," Rasmussen said. He said police did not believe the woman was struck by police gunfire.

The 47-year-old patrol officer was reported to have been shot in the leg when he and three other officers approached an upstairs bedroom and exchanged gunfire with the man.

The wounded officer was taken to a hospital in Las Vegas with a wound that Rasmussen said did not appear to be life-threatening. He
was identified as an 18-year department veteran. His name was not
immediately made public.

Police sent in the robot after efforts to contact the gunman failed. It found the man and the woman dead of apparent gunshot wounds. No one else was in the house, about 12 miles southeast of the Las Vegas Strip.

Police evacuated several neighboring homes and restricted access to the nearby Black Mountain Country Club for several hours during the incident.

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