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UPDATE: Shooting, standoff suspect in court

Police barricade near Robindale, Decatur
Posted at 10:59 AM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-16 14:30:57-05

UPDATE ON DEC. 16: Edison Somera appeared in a Las Vegas courtroom on Friday morning. The judge gave the 35-year-old man time to find an attorney. He is due back in court on Dec. 23.

UPDATE ON DEC. 15: Las Vegas police released body camera footage of the confrontation with Edison Somera on Tuesday morning. They also released the name of the officer involved in the shooting -- 35-year-old Paolo De Leon.

Police say Somera went to his ex-girlfriend's house and the two of them got into an argument. He pulled a gun on her after she reportedly told him their relationship of 21 years was over.

The couple's adult son charged Somera and his mother was able to escape. A few minutes later, the adult son and two other children were able to escape.

Somera then went to a neighbor's house. He demanded to be let in. There were 2 people in the house at the time. Somera reportedly ordered them upstairs. One of the men was unable to unlock the front door when Somera wasn't looking and the other man ran out of the house. That is when the Somera opened fire again. He shot at the man as he ran down the street and at police officers.

Somera held the other man hostage for five hours. He also shot at his ex-girlfriend's home at the time. Hostage negotiators were eventually able to convince Somera to surrender.

Police also said that Somera does not have a criminal history and confirmed that his ex-girlfriend has a protective order against him. He is due in court on Friday morning.

UPDATE ON DEC. 14: Las Vegas police said during a second press briefing that the man took shots at police officers twice during the hours-long standoff. The first time happened after police officers responded to the domestic disturbance call. After the suspect allegedly fired at police officers during initial confrontation, he fled to a neighbor's house. Two people were at home at the time. One of the people was able to escape, but the man reportedly held the other person in the house. He also shot at police officers a second time.

The man, who has been identified as Edison Somera by family, eventually surrendered without incident to police officers approximately 5 hours after the incident began.

Police officers were still on the scene late Tuesday night. However, people have been allowed to return to their homes.

UPDATE AT 4:45 P.M. The man who reportedly shot at Las Vegas police officers and then barricaded himself inside of a home on Tuesday morning has been identified as Edison Somera by family members. Relatives told 13 Action News that he is the "black sheep" of the family and the incident resulted from problems with his ex-girlfriend.
Our investigative team discovered that Somera's ex-girlfriend filed a temporary restraining order just four days after Thanksgiving. She claims that Somera was calling her job constantly, wanting her to be fired. He also allegedly hit and choked her in front of the couple's three children.
13 Action News also spoke to a man who moved into the neighborhood over the summer. He told us that the neighborhood is "nice" and he often sees kids playing in the neighborhood and people riding their horses in the area.
3:30 P.M. UPDATE: The situation has come to end. The man surrendered without incident. It's unclear what charges the suspect may face. 13 Action News will post updates as they become available.
2:30 P.M. UPDATE: Police say they've made contact with man barricaded inside home. At this time, they do not know when the situation will be resolved. Sgt. Jeff Clark said that the police plan to take their time and handle the situation the best way possible. He also apologized for any inconvenience for anyone who lives in the area.


1 P.M. UPDATE: The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says they are working with school police on rerouting buses near Decatur Boulevard and Warm Springs Road in the event that the barricade situation continues past the end of school. Police are also evacuating homes in the area.

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) -- Las Vegas police set up a barricade near Robindale Road and Decatur Boulevard around 10 a.m. Tuesday after a man fired shots at police officers.
The incident began at a residence located in the 7700 block of Coral Cactus Road. Police responded to reports of a domestic disturbance. Arriving officers encountered a male at the front of the residence who was armed with a rifle and shots were fired between the suspect and officers.
No officers were injured during the exchange. The suspect then went to a nearby residence. It is unknown if anyone was inside.
The intersection of Robindale Road and Decatur Boulevard is currently closed. Citizens are advised to avoid the area.