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Police: Gunman targeted officer at fatal pedestrian accident

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Police taped off a section of College Drive and Boulder Highway following a reported officer-involved shooting. (Eric Youngman/FOX5) Police taped off a section of College Drive and Boulder Highway following a reported officer-involved shooting. (Eric Youngman/FOX5)
Police closed off Boulder Highway following an officer-involved shooting. (Azenith Smith/FOX5) Police closed off Boulder Highway following an officer-involved shooting. (Azenith Smith/FOX5)
HENDERSON, NV (FOX5) -

A 63-year-old man armed with a handgun was shot and killed Tuesday morning after attempting to shoot at Henderson police officers.

According to Henderson police, the suspect walked up to a female officer who was in her police vehicle in the area of College Drive and Boulder Highway at about 8 a.m. Police said the officer was there since 4 a.m. working an unrelated traffic incident.

The suspect, according to police, pulled out a handgun and opened fire on the officer's vehicle, shooting out one of the windows.

Police said the officer was able to drive away from the scene and call for back-up.

Officers working nearby responded to the scene, police said. Police said the man opened fire at their vehicle, prompting three officers to shoot the suspect.

The suspect was taken to Sunrise Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Police said none of the officers in the incident were hurt.

Police said the suspect rode a motorcycle to the area and parked it across Boulder from the first officer. Police noted three handguns were found on the suspect as well as a rifle found on his bike.

The original officer in the incident was in the area as part of a deadly auto-pedestrian incident. According to police, a pedestrian walking outside of a crosswalk was struck by a vehicle on Boulder Highway just after 4:30 a.m.

The female officer was performing traffic control at the time of the shootout, police said.

"I heard the gunfire and that's why I poked my head out," said Stephanie Sproad, who owns Detour Salon nearby. "I heard a couple shots and then when I poked my head out, I  heard more shots."

Sproad had just opened for business when she heard gunshots right outside her door.

"It's always terrifying to hear gun shots," said Sproad. "I didn't know what was going on. Once I realized it was the police with their guns drawn, I locked the door."

George McKinney lives down the street. He moved to Henderson to escape the "rougher" parts of town.

"It's just insane," said McKinney. "It's crazy. I wouldn't expect someone to come by for no reason and start shooting at cops."

Henderson police served a search warrant at a house on McBride Way, not too far from the scene of the shooting, on Tuesday afternoon. Police have not yet disclosed why that warrant was served.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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