LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Jesus Caballero-Herrera, 38, told Metro Gangs Sergeant Timothy Stovall he was having family issues and wanted to die before a deadly officer-involved shooting, said Metro Assistant Sheriff Chris Jones during a press briefing.
The incident occurred around 8:42 p.m. on I-15 at Apex Road in on April 29.
According to Jones, Stovall contacted dispatch when he observed a car driving over a hundred miles an hour on northbound 15 at Cheyenne Avenue.
The sergeant, who was in an unmarked car, followed the reckless driver to Apex Road. Stovall then conducted a traffic stop when the car turned onto North Las Vegas Boulevard.
During the stop, Caballero-Herrera told Stovall he had a rifle in the vehicle. He explained he was having family problems and wanted to die, before asking Stovall to shoot him.
Jones said after six minutes of dialogue, Caballero-Herrera grabbed the rifle, leading Stovall to fire. Additional units assisted and used tourniquets to try and save the driver’s life.
He was pronounced dead at UMC Trauma.
Both directions of Las Vegas Boulevard were closed between I-15 and US-93 until Thursday morning.
Stovall is on routine paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Metro’s Force Investigation Team is looking into Stovall’s use of force in the incident, while the Critical Incident Review Team is examining policy, tactics and training in relation to this use of force.
This is Metro’s sixth officer-involved shooting of 2020.
If you have information about this incident, please call the Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website.