Man shot dead by North Las Vegas police during apparent home break-in, officers say he was armed

Published: Sep. 25, 2022 at 1:53 PM PDT
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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - A man is dead after a North Las Vegas police officer shot him Saturday night, according to the North Las Vegas Police Department.

Officers said a 911 caller reported that the man was in the backyard of a house and was holding a long metal pole. They said he appeared to be trying to break into the house. The man, who appeared to be in his twenties, appeared to possibly be under the influence, according to the police. The caller confronted the suspect, according to police, and the suspect “challenged him by asking if he wanted to die.”

When police got there, officers said the man was armed with a rifle, and around 10:30 p.m., shots were fired. The suspect was shot at least once, officers said.

Nobody else was injured.

The incident happened in a gated community on Westmere Avenue, close by to the intersection of Aviary Way and Grand Teton Drive.

Police said their officers immediately called for medical personnel and attempted life-saving measures. The man was transported by ambulance to UMC Trauma, where he was pronounced dead.

The Clark County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Darin Matthew Paul Dyer, 38, from North Las Vegas. Dyer died from gunshot wounds and his death was ruled a homicide.

North Las Vegas Police identified the officer who shot Dyer as Sergeant Paul Sanderson. Sanderson has been with NLVPD for 18 years and has been placed on administrative leave.