Woman shot, standoff ensues in northeast Las Vegas
A man held his family hostage with a rifle, and challenged police to a more than five-hour standoff on Labor Day. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Metro police are investigating what turned into a SWAT situation in NE Las Vegas after a woman called police about a suicidal man. Video by ktnv.comvideo
A woman was hospitalized after being shot in the arm Monday morning near Pecos and Carey. Video by ktnv.comvideo
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A man held his family hostage with a rifle and challenged police to a more than five-hour standoff on Labor Day.
The chaos began around 10 a.m. at a home near Pecos and Carey.
Las Vegas police have not revealed the suspect's name yet, but confirm he is behind bars at the Clark County Detention Center.
The fact that he is in custody has many neighbors breathing a sigh of relief. They say they had no idea what was going on when police showed up in force and warned them to take cover inside their homes.
"I was worried," says Ladona Anway. "I got my son in the house as soon as I could. I kept trying to figure out what was happening. All I could see were cop cars every where."
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers, SWAT team members, and crisis negotiators quickly took over the neighborhood. The only information they had was that a man barricaded himself in his home with a rifle and was threatening suicide.
Police say some of the suspect's family members, including two young children, were also in the home at the time. According to Metro, the suspect shot his sister-in-law in the arm.
Crisis negotiators were able to make contact with the suspect. They convinced him to release the injured woman and other family members.
"We set up our perimeter and kept our distance because he was armed with a rifle," describes Lt. Mark Reddon. "We were able to make a phone call into the residenceb and have those family members exit to us."
The woman was rushed to University Medical Center, but has since been released and is expected to make a full recovery.
Lt. Reddon says Metro used bull horns and eventually sent its K-9 unit into the home to get the suspect safely into custody. It's not clear yet what charges he could face.
Neighbors say the suspect suffers from a serious medical condition and has been in extreme pain.
Police aren't confirming that, but they do tell Action News that they've been called to his home before.