UPDATE (FOX5) -- Henderson police on Wednesday named the officer who fired on a burglary suspect earlier this week.

Officer Eduardo Vega has been with HPD since Jan. 2016 in the field operations bureau. He is on paid administrative leave, HPD said.


0112 Joshua Watkins

courtesy Henderson Police Department

LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Henderson police shot and injured a burglary suspect on Monday night. 

Police have identified the suspect as 37-year-old Joshua Watkins. Watkins was transported to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries after an officer shot him, according to a release from the Henderson Police Department. 

The police officer who shot Watkins has been placed on routine administrative leave pending the outcome of internal investigation of the shooting. His identity will be released within 48 hours of the shooting, police said. 

According to police, the investigation was taking place at a LifeStorage facility in the area of Galleria Drive and Stufflebeam Avenue, near U.S. 95, about 8:50 p.m. on Jan. 11. 

At the scene, Henderson Police Capt. Kirk Moore said detectives and patrol units were conducting surveillance on a burglary suspect.

The suspect was known in a "significant" amount of Henderson cases. The officers decided to stop the suspect and when approaching, the suspect fled.

Moore said during a foot chase, the suspect pulled a gun, which led to officers firing at him. The suspect was injured and taken to a nearby hospital.

Moore said the suspect was stable but did not elaborate on his injury. An officer was injured during the pursuit, but wasn't shot, Moore said. 

This was the first officer-involved shooting for the department in 2021.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. 

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(3) comments

AmericaFirst

Burglars deserve much harsher treatment from the court system 3rd time offenders should get life! They care nothing for their fellow man and they should be removed from society.

qwerty123

I this case I agree, punishments should be more severe. Home burglary is a far worse crime than theft. It can cause mental anguish far beyond the loss of property. Victims can feel guilty for not having done more to prevent it to losing faith in society to feelings of anger, mistrust, isolation and fear. These can lead to serious psychological illnesses such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety attacks and insomnia

Mediumjeep

Good job Henderson law enforcement,should have left the thief room temperature!

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