Las Vegas police say 2 shot, 1 dead after attempting to break into Spring Valley home

Las Vegas police say 2 shot, 1 dead after attempting to break into Spring Valley home

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Las Vegas police say that a homeowner’s son shot two men, killing one of them, after they allegedly attempted to break into their home.

According to Homicide Lt. Jason Johansson, police were called to a home in the 3300 block of Iberia Street near West Desert Inn Road and South Rainbow Boulevard at around 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, after a report of a shooting.

The 70-year-old man who called 911 told police two people tried to break into his house through the back door and his son, a 50-year-old man, had shot them.

When officers arrived, both the homeowner and his son exited the house. They told police that they had been inside their home when two men wearing masks, gloves, and dark clothing attempted to break into the home.

The son grabbed his gun and shot at them as they tried to enter.

The homeowner and his son said that one of the men appeared to be dead in the backyard and the other man had jumped over a wall in the backyard and left in “what appeared to be” a grey sedan.

Medical personnel pronounced the man in the backyard dead on the scene. Johansson said the man appeared to be in his 20s.

Approximately 10 minutes later, police began receiving calls about a vehicle driving at a “reckless” speed in a parking lot in the area of Tropicana Avenue and Jones Boulevard. Shortly after, that vehicle, a grey sedan, was involved in an accident with two other vehicles in the area of Tropicana Avenue and Decatur Boulevard.

The driver of the sedan was wearing dark clothing and had a gunshot wound in his leg.

Police believed the driver of the vehicle was involved in the attempted break-in. He was taken to a local hospital where he is in police custody.

Johansson said the shooting appeared to be in self-defense and said that he “doesn’t anticipate any charges” against the son.

Police are asking people to avoid the area due to a heavy police presence while Homicide detectives continue to investigate.

Johansson said that they are reviewing other break-ins in the area to see if the suspects are connected. He said at least one other event happened earlier in the day on Wednesday.

Anyone with any information is encouraged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section by phone at 702-828-3521 or by email at To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or on their website.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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