The woman killed by police Monday night at a home in northeast Las Vegas has been identified as 48-year-old Brenda Dean Kimberling of Las Vegas, according to the Clark County Coroner’s office.
Police were called to the woman’s home near Craig Road and Nellis Boulevard. Officers said she was suicidal and would not cooperate with negotiators. At one point, she was seen pointing the gun at officers and later at herself.
Neighbors who spoke with 8 News NOW have nothing but good things to say about Kimberling.
They say she was well-known in the neighborhood, but they believe the 48-year-old was lonely and may have been depressed.
The day after police flooded the northeast valley neighborhood, residents are still coming to terms with their neighbor’s death.
“She’s a kind lady, you know,” said Nina Ondo, a neighbor. “She always gave candy to the kids for, you know, trick-or-treat, that’s why I was so sad.”
Ondo says she saw the woman fixing her Christmas decorations outside her home the day before she was shot dead by police.
She says Kimberling was also helping spearhead a Neighborhood Watch program.
But even though she was involved in her community, Ondo says her neighbor kept to herself. She believes she was depressed and lonely.
Another neighbor says she often saw Kimberling walking, but she was always alone.
“I’ve never seen one visitor at her house, ever, not one holiday, any days, I never see people,” said Timika, who asked that her last name not be used.
Neighbors say Kimberling’s husband is a truck driver and only comes home about once a month.
Currently, no one is staying at the home and is it now boarded up.
“I pray for her,” Ondo said.
On Monday morning, Metro Police said they received two phone calls about Kimberling. One call was from out of state and the second was from a local psychiatric group.
Metro says both callers said the woman was trying to overdose on prescription drugs and had a gun.
After hours of failed negotiations and threats, police say they were forced to open fire.
“I’m going to miss her,” Ondo said.
At this time, Metro is not releasing further details about the shooting. Investigators are expected to release more information during a news conference later this week.