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Vegas PD: Man determined to take own life in barricade situation

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Posted at 10:43 PM, Apr 18, 2020
and last updated 2021-05-11 12:54:25-04

UPDATE APRIL 21: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department held a briefing about a barricade situation that turned into a person taking their own life on April 18.

Police identified the person involved as 23-year-old Jose Hernandez.

On April 18, 2020 at approximately 10:50 a.m., the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department received a report of a domestic disturbance from a residence located in the 3200 block of Sandy Lane near East Cheyenne Avenue and Pecos Road.

The caller reported her adult son had threatened her with a handgun and was destroying items in the residence.

Arriving officers contacted the woman at a nearby business to gather more details.

As officers approached the residence, the man exited and began walking away. He then pulled a handgun from his pocket and fired two rounds into the air.

The man proceeded to jump a fence into a backyard and fired three more rounds. He sat down on a couch that was in the backyard and pointed the firearm at his head.

Officers surrounded the area and treated the situation as an open field barricade. SWAT and Crisis Negotiators arrived and took over the incident. Crisis Negotiators spent over four and a half hours trying to persuade the man to surrender peacefully.

The man was not cooperative and continued to point the firearm at himself. SWAT developed a plan to take the man into custody using less lethal measures. However, as the plan was implemented, the man took his own life.