LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Metro Police are investigating a homicide that originally stemmed from a call made to Las Vegas Fire & Rescue (LVFAR). The incident occurred near Westcliff and Durango drives in the west valley around 1:58 p.m.
Metro Lt. Ray Spencer says LVFAR responded to a report of a victim suffering from cardiac arrest in the 8400 block of Dunphy Court. When fire crews arrived to the home, the discovered a white male, believed to be in his 40s, deceased inside.
The man reportedly had multiple injuries. Police say the preliminary investigation indicates an individual attempted to cover a crime scene with a fire.
While investigators piece together what happened, people who live in the area remain shaken up.
“Tons and tons of police officers, tons and tons of firefighters,” recounted one neighbor. “It was just like the set of a movie or something.”
People in the normally quiet neighborhood are describing Friday’s tragedy as “surreal.”
“Very scary, actually, because you don’t know what’s happening in other peoples’ homes,” the neighbor said.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, tells 8 News Now she lives just two doors down from where the man was found. She says he only lived in the home for a few months, and she’s heartbroken to hear what happened.
“It’s really sad that people either can’t control their anger or don’t have the capacity to really figure things out,” she said. “Death is definitely not the answer.”
Many are shocked this happened so close to home.
“There’s usually, like, a lot of cops around here, just patrolling the area, making the neighborhood safe,” said neighbor Buzz Zhang.
As police continue their investigation, neighbors have one message:
“Be kind to each other.”
Metro Police have not released any information yet about a suspect or suspects, or if anyone has been caught.
Anyone who has any information regarding this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at (702) 828-3521, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at (702) 385-5555, or visit the website to leave a tip.