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Henderson PD: Man shot by officers ex-felon

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HENDERSON, Nev. -- Henderson Police have finished up their preliminary investigation into Tuesday’s deadly officer-involved shooting.

The shooting happened at around 3:30 a.m. near Horizon Drive and Boulder Highway. Officers stopped a suspicious man, identified by the Clark County Coroner’s Office as 51-year-old Jesse Vigil, riding a bicycle in the area. While talking to Vigil, police say he became uncooperative. Officers decided they had enough probable cause to arrest him.

When officers tried to take Vigil into custody, a physical fight started between the suspect and the officers. Police say Vigil pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the officers several times.

Both officers drew their guns and returned fire, killing Vigil.

The injured officer was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he was treated and released.

According to police, Vigil was homeless and was a known transient in the Boulder Highway area of Henderson. Police say he was a convicted felon for multiple convictions including second degree murder, assault, domestic battery and ex-felon in possession of a firearm.

The officer who was stabbed has been identified as Officer Fergus Baxter. He has been with the department since 2007. The other officer who fired shots at Vigil has been identified as Officer Charles Hedrick. He has been with the department since 2008.

The officers are on routine paid administrative leave.

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