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Henderson police release body cam, security footage from shooting involving an officer

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-11 00:10:35-05

HENDERSON (KTNV) — On Wednesday the Henderson Police Department released body camera footage, security footage and other evidence related to a shooting last month involving an officer.

According to authorities, detectives were surveying a suspected burglar, identified by the department as Joshua Watkins, at the time of the shooting.

The department says officers had probable cause to arrest him and believe he is responsible for several armed burglaries in Henderson.

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Shortly before 9 p.m. on Jan. 11, police say detectives followed Watkins to a Life Storage facility on Stufflebeam Avenue, near Galleria Drive. Once he entered the gated complex, detectives called for patrol officers to help with the situation.

When the uniformed officers arrived in marked vehicles, police say Watkins tried to drive away, his vehicle moving in reverse through the parking area.

Several detectives in unmarked vehicles stopped him by using their vehicles to block him in, police say.

Watkins ditched his vehicle and began to run through the facility, according to police. Several officers say they noticed he had a gun.

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Photograph from the scene of a shooting on Jan. 11, 2021, involving a Henderson Police Department officer provided by HPD in their video update. (Photo: Henderson Police Department)

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Watkins began running at a K-9 officer's vehicle, the department says. He began to jump on the front of the K-9 officer's vehicle, police say, and an officer shot him one time in the right leg.

As he was falling, police say Watkins threw his gun on top of one of the storage units before hitting the ground.

He was taken into custody and transported to a hospital where he received treatment for his wound and was released a short time later, police say.

Watkins was booked into the Henderson Detention Center and charged with one felony count of Assault on a Protected Person with a Deadly Weapon and one felony count of Ex-Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

The shooting was the first involving an officer in 2021 for the Henderson Police Department and remains under investigation.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to call the department at 702-267-4911, 3-1-1, or to report a tip anonymously, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

Watch the full update from Henderson Police Department, which includes corresponding radio traffic, body camera footage, security footage and photographs as presented by police:

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