More details were released about the barricade situation that turned deadly Wednesday night. Everything unfolded in the northeast valley near E. Lake Mead and Hollywood.
A heavy police presence tied up the area for hours. Officers were called to the scene after someone reported shots coming from an apartment complex.
“At least 15 police cars showed up,” said Mary Burgess, neighbor.
When officers arrived, a woman standing near a car told them a man armed with a gun was inside an apartment in the building.
Police gave him verbal commands to come out, but the man did not respond. The SWAT team was called in to assist, and after more than four hours, the man was eventually found dead.
Metro detectives say they believe the man and woman were in a relationship involving domestic violence, so they’re calling it a case of self-defense.
People who live at the apartment complex said what started as a peaceful night, soon turned into a stressful situation.
“We went over there and noticed all of the police arrive, so they started yelling at us to go inside,” said Gladis Echeverria, resident.
The woman in the case was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
“She’s lucky she wasn’t one of the victims in this situation,” said Burgess. She’s very lucky. So we need to have more programs to help women not stay in a domestic relationship.”
It’s still unclear how the man died. That information will come later from the Clark County Coroner’s office.