Police: Fight over drugs led to slaying, 6 arrests
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Ivory Davis (left), Ricknisha Herrington (right)-- Photos from LVMPD
Denise Rainer (left), Michael White (right)-- Photos from LVMPD
Derrick Beasley aka Tracy Davis (left), Diamond Bevans (right)-- Photos from LVMPD
A SWAT team was called to the scene, hours after a deadly shooting early Wednesday. (Armando Navarro/FOX5)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A shooting at an apartment complex east of the Las Vegas Strip appeared to have started with a fight during a party, according to police.
Las Vegas Metro police released Thursday details on the arrests of six people in connection to the Oct. 3 slaying of Terry Lee Harris.
According to an arrest report, at least two witnesses reported seeing people storm out of an apartment unit or hearing gunshots in the area of the Pinewood Apartments at the 3500 block of Swenson Street just after midnight.
In the arrest report, police said a witness told them several women and men were seen running from the parking lot after the reported gunshots.
Arriving officers found Harris' body, and, according to Metro, he was shot several times in the head.
A witness was able to indicate to investigators which apartment the people involved were coming out, police said.
Metro said a search warrant of an apartment, which was executed by a Special Weapons and Tactical (SWAT) team, led to seven people being detained inside.
Among those detained included Derrick Beasley, Michael White, Ivory Davis, Davis' 17-year-old son, Denise Rainer, Ricknisha Herrington and Diamond Bevans.
According to the arrest report, those detained explained all of them were at Rainer's apartment for a small party. All of the people there were either family members or friends to each other, police said.
In the arrest report, police said Davis' son told detectives a fight started between Harris and White over drugs. Davis told police Harris had gotten out of control and started to threaten everyone in the apartment.
That was when, according to the teen in the report, White asked for a gun. At that point, the arrest report said, the boy had fallen asleep in a bedroom but was awaken by his mother, who told him to dress up and leave shortly after police arrived at the apartments.
In the report, the teen told investigators he observed White pacing and admitting that he shot Harris several times in the face.
When police arrived, according to the teen in the report, Beasley and Bevans took the gun and hid it in the attic access in the master bedroom. The teen also indicated in the report that several people were happy Harris had been shot.
In the arrest report, several of the people detained denied seeing any fighting or gunshots. Rainer told police, according to the report, she had fallen asleep at the time of the shooting and was awakened when SWAT arrived.
White - who, according to the report, is Davis' boyfriend - admitted to being at the apartment but denied knowledge of the fight, shooting or hidden gun. Davis also denied knowledge of the gun but heard gunfire and thought Harris had been shot, according to the arrest report.
After collecting statements and the gun, police charged White with murder with a deadly weapon, accessory after murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Police also charged Beasley and Davis with conspiracy to commit murder and accessory after murder. Bevans, Herrington and Rainer were charged with accessory after murder.
In the arrest report, Metro police explained that Beasley had been charged for supplying the gun that was believed to be the murder weapon. The accessory charges were for the varying accounts given in the incident, among several factors, according to the report.
All have been booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
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