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Police: Armed mom shot first at officers in standoff's end

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Police released a driver's license photo of the standoff suspect, Sara Jones. (LVMPD) Police released a driver's license photo of the standoff suspect, Sara Jones. (LVMPD)
A neighborhood in east Las Vegas was closed for much of Tuesday as SWAT negotiated with an armed woman. (FOX5) A neighborhood in east Las Vegas was closed for much of Tuesday as SWAT negotiated with an armed woman. (FOX5)
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A Metro officer called to a reported domestic disturbance, which later turned into a day-long standoff with an armed mother, first encountered the woman's husband and juvenile child fleeing a home with each holding a weapon, an arrest report described.

The report released Wednesday described the incident that led up to the officer-involved shooting of standoff suspect Sara Jones, 29.

According to Las Vegas Metro police, Jones was booked in absentia into Clark County Detention Center on two counts of first degree kidnapping with a deadly weapon, three counts of child endangerment with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer with a deadly weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with a domestic violence enhancement.

As the arrest report described, an officer arrived at a home in the 4500 block of Newton Drive just before 11 p.m. Monday on a report of a domestic disturbance involving a firearm.

The officer, as the report described, encountered a man identified as Blake Jones exiting the home while carrying a shotgun. Jones dropped the weapon after the officer told him to put it down, the arrest report said.

Jones, the report said, uttered "help" as he fled the home.

The officer then encountered a 10-year-old girl who was exiting the home and also carrying a weapon, a small silver pistol, the arrest report described. The arrest report said the girl was crying and appeared scared while dropping the weapon.

After the two people exited the home, a woman identified as Sara Jones exited the home with a.45 caliber black pistol and screamed at the officer to leave, the arrest report said. The woman went back into the home only to come back out later holding a small child, the report said.

Police said the woman went back inside and refused commands to exit the home, telling the officer she did not want to go to jail and that her husband "framed her."

The arrest report also described Sara Jones' threats that she was going to kill the child and then herself. The threats prompted SWAT officers to arrive and negotiate Jones' surrender.

The report then said a gunshot was heard from inside the home at about 9:50 p.m. Tuesday, which was about 23 hours after the standoff began.

Officers moved in on the house, the arrest report said, and located Sara Jones inside the master bedroom bathroom, where she was holding one of her children.

The report said the suspect was shot one time before being taken into custody. Metro Sgt. John Sheahan said the woman first opened fire through the door, wounding an officer in the leg.

"As the door was opened, the officers returned fire one time, striking the woman in the head and it exited through her mouth," Sheahan said. "She is expected to survive."

The woman was taken to University Medical Center for treatment.

Two children inside the home were not injured in the ordeal, but they were taken to Sunrise Hospital to be evaluated, police said.

According to police, the children were placed in protective custody, and the mother will face charges once she is released from the hospital. The officer who fired the shot was placed on paid leave, police said.

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