A Henderson fire crew extinguishes a blaze at a home where a reported homicide took place. (Courtesy: John Calvert)
Fire crews were on scene of a reported fire and homicide in Boulder City. (Courtesy: Marquela Waldo)
Smoke billows from the scene of a fire where a reported homicide took place. (Courtesy: Marquela Waldo)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -
An employee of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department killed his wife and child before setting fire to his home and taking his own life in Boulder City, Henderson police said Monday.
The incident was part of a SWAT situation that took place at about 9 a.m. in the 1300 block of Esther Drive.
According to investigating agency Henderson PD, the 52-year-old man called 911 claiming to have killed his wife, 46, and son. When officers arrived, he was armed and confronted them in the driveway of his residence.
Police said Boulder City officers commanded him to relinquish his weapon. Instead, though, he returned inside his home, and, soon after, the residence was engulfed in flames.
After the fire was contained, police located a body believed to be the armed person inside the home as well as two additional bodies.
During the SWAT situation, police ordered neighboring residents to stay inside their homes.
Police have not positively identified the deceased. Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie confirmed a 20-year veteran lieutenant of the force was involved in the incident.
Gillespie, though, stopped short of confirming the lieutenant's identity or if the person was killed.
A search of records with the Clark County Assessor's website showed the home is owned by Hans P. Walters. A records check showed Walters' place of occupation as Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
David Gossard lives next door to the house. He said he finds his neighbor's actions hard to believe.
"He was a very nice man. Very pleasant, very quiet," he said. "Why did he lose his capacities and decide to do all that, you know? Those questions will never be answered, I guess."
Retired Metro lieutenant Randy Sutton worked with Walters on patrol years ago. He said he was a well-adjusted, hard working officer, but none of that matters anymore.
"What he did is the most unconscionable, dishonorable thing to do I can ever imagine," he said.
"There's no rhyme or reason for taking the actions he did," Sutton continued. "So the memories I have of him, they mean nothing to me anymore."
The identities of those killed will be released by the coroner in the coming days.
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