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Police: Man Killed by NLV Police Officer was Armed

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NORTH LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The man shot and killed by a North Las Vegas Police officer Monday was armed with a knife, according to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

The incident happened at approximately 1:10 a.m. near Woodard Street and Tonopah Avenue, east of Las Vegas Boulevard and 5th Street. Police say an officer on patrol tried to stop a man walking in the area, but the man ran to a nearby abandoned home.

The officer followed the man, and a confrontation erupted in the home's backyard. Police say the officer shot the man, and the suspect died at the scene.

"What we know right now is the man was armed with a knife. We did recover at the scene," North Las Vegas Police information officer Chrissie Coon said.

Coon says police have been called to that house 15 times in the past year. She says homeless people have been living at the home along with a vacant home next door and another one just down the street.

Neighbors say they even know some of the squatters by name. Betty Perales knows one of the homeless woman who lives in the area and was concerned for her safety.

"She was here everyday, and she doesn't bother anybody. She sleeps and eats out here. So when the shooting happened, we really thought it was her. So, we were really concerned about her," Perales said.

Officer Coon says homeless people squatting in vacant homes pose a serious health and safety risk. There have been reports of vagrants doing drugs, defecating, and starting fires in abandoned houses.

"We utilize code enforcement with the city of North Las Vegas to board up these homes, so they can't get in, but there have been problems with them taking these boards down and trying to live in these homes," Coon said.

Coon says this is just one more example of why vacant homes can be troubling not only

for police but for the people who live next door.

The 31-year-old officer did not sustain any injuries and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting.

This is the first officer-involved shooting in North Las Vegas this year.

The man shot and killed by a North Las Vegas Police officer Monday was armed with a knife, according to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

The incident happened at approximately 1:10 a.m. near Woodward Street and Tonopah Avenue, east of Las Vegas Boulevard and 5th Street. Police say an officer on patrol tried to stop a man walking in the area, but the man ran to a nearby abandoned home.

The officer followed the man, and a confrontation erupted in the home's backyard. Police say the officer shot the man, and the suspect died at the scene. Police say the man was armed with a knife.

The 31-year-old officer did not sustain any injuries and has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation into the shooting.

This is the first officer-involved shooting in North Las Vegas this year.

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