HENDERSON, Nev. (KLAS) — Henderson Police continue to investigate an Oct. 15 alleged attempted kidnapping and armed robbery that led up to an officer-involved shooting, where the suspect was shot seven times. In a news conference held Wednesday afternoon, John Plunkett, Lieutenant with the Office of Public Information provided more details.
According to Lt. Plunkett, in the initial news conference, it was reported that the suspect exited his vehicle with a gun in his hand, resulting in the officer-involved shooting. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that the suspect did not exit the vehicle with a gun in his hand, they believe it was discarded earlier. A loaded firearm was located on the roadway on the path of the pursuit, according to Lt. Plunkett.
Investigators believe the recovered firearm is the same gun the suspect had in his possession during the alleged kidnapping and robbery, and that was in the suspect’s hand during the pursuit. The handgun has been impounded.
The suspect, now identified as David Flores Junior, has been charged with the following offenses:
- First-degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon
- Robbery with a deadly weapon
- Attempted robbery with a deadly weapon
- Assault on a protected person with a deadly weapon
- Driver disobeying peace officer, endangering other persons or property
- Possession of a firearm with an altered or removed serial number
- Ex-felon in possession of a firearm
These are all the details provided at this time. The Henderson Police Department says this incident remains an active investigation. No booking photo is available of the suspect at this time.
Additional details will be provided next week in a Critical Incident Community Briefing for more context to this incident. Officer body camera footage will be made available at a later date.
The involved Henderson Police Officer remains on paid administrative leave pending the
the outcome of the investigation.
The suspect is in “stable” condition and expected to survive, according to Lt. Plunkett.
This is the fifth officer-involved shooting in 2020, according to the Henderson Police Department.
Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-
267-4911, 3-1-1, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit Crime
Stoppers website. Tips directly leading to a felony arrest or an indictment processed through
Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.
The incident began at 6:10 p.m. on Oct. 15 when dispatchers received a 911 call from a man claiming to have been kidnapped. The man said he escaped his kidnapper and said he was in the area of Lake Mead Parkway and Boulder Highway.
While on the phone with dispatchers, the man provided a suspect description, vehicle description and said the suspect was armed with a handgun.
Police arrived on scene soon after the call and located a vehicle fitting the description. Officers attempted to perform a traffic stop, but the vehicle drove away.
A short chase ensued, which ended as the suspect crashed into another vehicle near Galleria Drive and Boulder Highway. The driver of the other vehicle was treated for minor injuries at the scene.
Police say the suspect then exited the vehicle with a gun in his hand. According to John Plunkett, Lieutenant with the Office of Public Information, the suspect was shot multiple times by police and no officers were injured. Plunkett did not specifically say if the suspect fired any rounds.
The suspect was then taken to a local hospital, but his status is unknown.
Police say it is too early to know if the alleged kidnapping victim and suspect knew each other. Police say the victim who called 911 was not injured.
Henderson Police have also identified the officer involved in the shooting as Officer Scott Alward. Officer Alward has been employed with the City of Henderson Police Department since July of 2014 and is currently assigned to the Field Operations Bureau.
Officer Alward has been placed on administrative leave.
The investigation is ongoing.