Police said Lt. Walters' home was torched after he met officers responding to his 911 call. (Courtesy: John Calvert)
Hans Walters and Michelle Walters. (LVMPD)
BOULDER CITY, NV (FOX5) -
The Clark County Coroner's office confirmed the identities of three people found dead in a burning home in Boulder City.
According to the county, Las Vegas Metro Lt. Hans P. Walters, 52, died of a gunshot wound to the head as a result of a suicide. Henderson police said Walters called 911 Monday and said he killed his wife and child, and he would harm any officer that confronted him at his home.
The county said Walters' wife, Kathryn Walters, 46, and 5-year-old son Maximillian Walters both died of a gunshot wound to the head as a result of a homicide.
"With my 6-year-old, it's hard to know someone could do that to such a great little boy that my daughter played with at school," said Megan Adams, a Boulder City parent. "It's just hard."
Adams said her 6-year-old daughter wondered where her friend was during recess at Andrew Mitchell Elementary School.
"He was smart," said Adams. "He just bounced around. He was a good boy. I'm baffled and speechless."
"It's a travesty for Boulder City," said Gail Motley, who lives in Boulder City. "Even if we don't know them, we are still a close-knit group."
Motley has lived in Boulder City for 34 years. While she never met the family, her heart aches for them - especially the young boy. She doesn't want them to be forgotten.
"To lose a child is a horrible thing," said Motley. "No matter how this happens. This was a horribly wasteful way to go. For a parent to lose a child is unthinkable, especially a police officer who is supposed to serve and protect. I can't imagine what was going through his mind."
Authorities discovered their bodies after an armed Hans Walters met dispatched officers, went inside his home and presumably torched the residence, police said.
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