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Assistant sheriff releases details about shooting near Silverado Ranch, Pollack Street

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Posted at 9:36 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 15:56:33-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Assistant Sheriff Christopher Darcy will meet with members of the media at 10:30 a.m. today to discuss details of the incident on Feb. 9 at an apartment complex on East Silverado Ranch Boulevard near Pollock Street.


At approximately 9:51 a.m., Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officers received information about a family disturbance at the apartment complex.

An officer met with the person reporting at a nearby business who advised that her mother was in the apartment being threatened with a handgun by 39-year-old Demarko Henderson.

Officers developed a plan and were able to get the mother to come out of the apartment. As she walked down the exterior stairs, Henderson fired one round at her.

Officer Jody Cunningham witnessed the incident and fired several times at Henderson.

Officers successfully escorted the victim out of harm’s way as Henderson went back inside of the apartment.

The situation was then treated as a barricade and officers set up containment.

As perimeter officers were waiting for SWAT to arrive, they heard more shots being fired from Henderson’s apartment.

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Officer Manuel Papazian observed Henderson crouching down by a window while pointing a firearm at officers. Officer Papazian then fired his rifle at Henderson.

Shortly thereafter, officers noticed smoke coming from Henderson’s apartment.

SWAT officers and crisis negotiators arrived on scene and attempted to contact Mr. Henderson for several hours without success.

Eventually, SWAT officers along with firefighters made entry into Henderson’s apartment.

Henderson was located on the floor of the bathroom suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Henderson was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel. The investigation revealed that Henderson was not struck by any of the bullets fired by officers.