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UPDATE: Witnesses talk about incident involving deaths of mom, 3 kids

Woman found dead behind Walgreens in NW Vegas
Posted at 8:26 PM, Jun 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-01 00:16:03-04

A family of five in northwest Las Vegas is dead this morning.

Police say that a man killed his wife and 3 children before turning a gun on himself.

It began with the investigation into the shooting of a woman on Wednesday night around 7 p.m.

Police say that a woman was running away from her husband in the area of Lake Mead and Jones boulevards when she was picked up by a driver there.

According to police, the man caught up with the woman and that driver, showed he had a gun, and pulled the woman out of the car.

She got away again, this time, jumping into a parked car to try to hide.  

13 Action News spoke with the family who was inside that car, at the time the woman jumped inside.  They say they had seen the woman running down the street, and pulled over to call police. 

"I screamed to my husband, 'she's in the car', and he [the victim's husband] had a pistol in his hand, because he was going to get her," says the good samaritan, Esmeralda.  

In the back seat, was her 8 year old son.  According to Esmeralda, the victim's husband was circling the car with a gun, yelling at them to let her out of the car.  

"My husband said let's try to help her, but when we saw he was armed, that was it, my husband said no, it's too dangerous," says Esmeralda.

Esmeralda says they ultimately made a choice between keeping their son safe, or saving the victim.  They let the man take the woman away, and called 911.  

She was able to get away from him again shortly after and was then seen running through a Walgreens parking lot  in the 6100 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard. A few seconds later, several gunshots were heard and the woman was dead with a gunshot wound to the head when the police arrived.

Police say that they were told that the suspect was an Asian man driving a black Mercedes-Benz with custom rims.

Around 8 p.m., police received a call from out of state about a man who was possibly suicidal in a nearby apartment in the 1900 block of Torrey Pines Drive.

Upon arrival, they noticed a car matching the description of the one involved in the woman's death outside of the apartment. After they were unable to make contact with anyone inside the apartment, SWAT was called in to assist.

A few hours later, police made entry into the apartment and found the man and 3 children deceased. It is not clear if the children or the woman was killed first.

Police spent most of the night at the apartment complex on Torrey Pines gathering evidence. Police say that there was a history of domestic violence. A search of Clark County court records revealed that the woman had filed for divorce in May.

The Clark County coroner identified the three children and woman early Thursday morning. They are 9-year-old (male) Anhurak Jason Dej-Oudom, 15-year-old (female) Dalavanh Ariel Dej-Oudom, 14-year-old (male) Xonajuk J.J. Dej-Oudom, and 35-year-old (female) Phoukeo Dej-Oudom.

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The coroner has not identified the man and the cause and manner of death has not been released for the children and woman.

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13 Action News has spoken to several people who witnessed at least part of the incident, including the Good Samaritan.

The deaths of the woman and children are the 86th, 87th, 88th and 89th homicides to be investigated by Las Vegas police so far this year.

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