Report: Man accused in Amari Nicholson’s killing grabbed detective’s gun while in custody

A booking photo for Terrell Rhodes.
A booking photo for Terrell Rhodes.((LVMPD) | (LVMPD))
Updated: May. 17, 2021 at 4:09 PM PDT
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UPDATE (May 28) -- Terrell Rhodes faces additional charges in an incident during his arrest earlier in the month.

According to court records, Rhodes now faces two counts of attempted murder in the May 5 incident. Additional explanation of the new charges was not immediately available.

ORIGINAL REPORT -- LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Las Vegas police said the man accused in Amari Nicholson’s killing grabbed a detective’s gun while in custody.

According to Terrell Rhodes’ arrest report, he’s separately charged with four counts of resisting a public officer with a deadly weapon and four counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a protected person.

Rhodes is charged with murder in the case of his girlfriend’s son, 2-year-old Amari Nicholson.

The report states that about 2 p.m. on May 12, Rhodes was being held in an interview room at the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police headquarters. Rhodes’s right hand was handcuffed to a secure mounting plate while his left hand was free.

Police said about 30 minutes later, Rhodes was upset, repeating, “Let me out of here” and “I can’t go back.” Two detectives entered the room and tried to calm him down, but he “remained combative,” the report said.

Rhodes got up on a chair and lunged across the interview room table, grabbing the detective’s gun from his hip holster, police said. Rhodes got possession of the firearm with his left hand, and both detectives struggled with him.

While he had the gun, police said Rhodes said, “I’m going to kill a mother [expletive].” Two more detectives entered the room and eventually disarmed Rhodes.

Police said Rhodes then said, “I wanna die” and “kill me.”

Rhodes is expected back in court for the murder charge on June 1.