An investigation is under way after a Henderson police SWAT vehicle was destroyed in a fire.
Department spokesman Keith Paul confirmed reports of an unmarked police sport-utility vehicle catching fire during the late night hours of Feb. 27.
According to the department, the vehicle was on Somerset Hills Avenue near Southern Highlands Parkway when it blew a tire and eventually caught fire.
The officer who was driving the vehicle home at the time saved several weapons from the fire, Paul confirmed. Damage was estimated at $50,000, the department said. That officer has been placed on administrative leave.
There was no immediate word on what caused the fire or the tire blow out.
The Henderson Police Department issued the following statement concerning the incident on Tuesday afternoon:
"We are grateful that no one was injured in the accident involving the Henderson SWAT vehicle.
"We've launched an internal investigation to determine the details of what happened and the officer who was driving the vehicle has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of that investigation.
"Right now we are still gathering information about the cause of the accident. Once the investigation is done we'll have a more complete picture of what occurred. At that point we'll be a position to determine what course of action to take both with the officer involved and within our organization to prevent something like this from happening again."
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