LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — In two shootings last Friday involving Las Vegas Metropolitan police that left two suspects dead, one pointed a shotgun at officers, and one took his ex-wife’s brother hostage after killing her boyfriend, police said in a media conference Tuesday.
The first police shooting that night started as a stakeout that began around 6:20 p.m. near Spring Mountain Road and Jones Boulevard, police said.
Earlier in the day on Nov. 4 around 12:30 p.m., someone called 911 to report a shooting at a home near Washington Avenue and Michael Way. Officers who arrived found Jano Gonzalez Blanco, 48, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He later died at the scene.
Detectives found that Blanco had been shot by his girlfriend’s ex-husband, identified as 49-year-old Jose Alexis Cabrera Hernandez, and learned that Hernandez had taken the woman’s adult brother as a hostage, police said.
SWAT officers later found Hernandez’s car, occupied by him and the hostage, in an alley in downtown Las Vegas. The hostage was zip-tied while Hernandez began driving away, and officers began covertly following them, police said.
While driving, Hernandez called his ex-wife four times, admitted to killing her new boyfriend because he had been “getting in the way” of the two getting back together, and said he would trade her brother for her and his passport so they could go to Mexico together, according to police.
Around 8:46 p.m., Hernandez drove into the parking lot of a business on Spring Mountain Road, parked, and got out of the car with the hostage. They started walking away, but got back in the car and started to drive away when Hernandez saw police. The car was blocked in by officers, who approached to try to get the hostage, police said.
While officers were trying to get the hostage, Officer Dewane Ferrin, 49, fired one round at Hernandez, who was sitting in the driver’s seat. After the hostage was removed, Hernandez was eventually pronounced dead, according to police.
Police said Hernandez had been armed with two guns and fired six shots from one of them when he killed Blanco.
Officers found a manifesto in the vehicle, written by Hernandez, where he threatened to kill other officials in town who had things to do with his criminal history. He also had several zip-ties in his car that detectives believe was going to be used to carry out the manifesto, police said.
The manifesto, written in Spanish, also names several religious figures who he asks to help him carry out actions against the people listed in it.
Had Hernandez lived, he would faced charges of murder, kidnapping, and possessing a gun as a prohibited person.
Officer Ferrin was placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of the shooting.
The second shooting involving police happened around 7:30 p.m. near Lake Mead and North Rampart boulevards. Police had received reports of a man, identified as 62-year-old Rodney Franklin Finch, with a firearm outside of his residence.
The person who called 911 said Finch had pointed a gun at him and his passengers while they were driving out of the neighborhood.
Over 20 minutes, Finch was walking in and out of his home, sometimes armed with a shotgun and sometimes not, police said.
When he walked out with the shotgun at one point, Finch lifted the shotgun and pointed it at police, they said.
Officer Jahmaal Crosby, 27, then shot three rounds at Finch, killing him, police said.
Finch fired no rounds at officers but had six rounds in his gun and seven rounds in his pocket, according to police. Had he lived, his charges would have been assault with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon on a protected person.
Officer Crosby was placed on routine paid administrative leave pending a review.