Neighbors of 60-year-old shot by police describe difficult times
Neighbors of a 60-year-old shot at by five Henderson police officers were stunned to see investigators arrive in their neighborhood. Police combed through the residence of Anthony Rogers in the hours that followed a shootout at The District at Green Video by ktnv.comvideo
Henderson, NV (KTNV) - Neighbors of a 60-year-old shot at by five Henderson police officers were stunned to see investigators arrive in their neighborhood.
Police combed through the residence of Anthony Rogers in the hours that followed a shootout at The District at Green Valley Ranch.
The ordeal started around 11:30 a.m. on Monday.
Police say an armed Rogers robbed the NDC pharmacy at 3041 West Horizon Ridge Parkway earlier in the day. According to investigators, Rogers got away with the painkillers Percocet and Oxycodone.
Rogers then allegedly led police on a daring chase for miles, firing at a motor officer from his car at one point.
The chase ended inside the popular shopping center in Henderson, just a couple of hundred feet away from a carousel known to attract children.
Police say Rogers fired shotgun blasts at responding officers. Five Henderson police officers returned fired, striking Rogers.
A couple who refers to Rogers as "nice and reserved" isn't ready to credit the actions of police.
"Not with Henderson police, are you kidding me. They shoot an ice cream lady, jesus. Anybody's fair game," said Burton Oakes, a neighbor of the suspect.
Neighbors on Umbria Way did not know Rogers was the man connected to the officer involved shooting until police showed up on their street.
"There are two sides to every story, but people are desperate. If he tried to rob a pharmacy, I know he had alot of medical problems," said Cheryl Oakes, a neighbor of the suspect.
Rodgers' neighbors say he lives with his brother and elderly mother and was seemingly trying to overcome some difficult times.
"He had an on the job injury and lost a foot," said neighbor Colleen Breslin."He's a nice guy. I didn't see this coming."
However, employees and shoppers who were at the District during the shootout told Action News they were terrified by Rogers' alleged actions.
"I'm glad to know he's not on the streets anymore. For doing something so despicable, he kind of deserves to be behind bars," said Joanne Kovacik, who was working during the shootout. "It was so surreal because this never happens here. It's such a peaceful, quiet safe feeling kind of neighborhood."
Joanne Kovacik manages the stationary store 'Alligator Soup' and was working when she started hearing gunshots. Kovacik soon saw police racing around outside and recalls locking herself inside the store.
"If it was in the middle of the afternoon, and that carousel was operational, I think they open at 3 p.m., it could've been terrible with children over there," added Kovacik, pointing to the "play area" where the gunfire escalated.
On his way to The District, police say Rogers shot an officer's motorcycle, hurting the nearby officer. That officer only sustained very minor injuries that did not require serious medical attention.
Police have not disclosed Rogers' condition or how many times he was shot. The 60-year-old is being treated at Sunrise Hospital.
The names of the five officers involved will be released within 48 hours from the incident. All five officers are on routine paid administrative leave.