A Las Vegas lieutenant killed his wife and son on Monday. Then he called 911 to confess to his crime before setting his house on fire and committing suicide. Now police are searching for answers.
“I can’t think of a reason for this, where something can get so bad that you’d do this,” a veteran supervisor shared with the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Police have not named the shooter but they did say he was a “52-year-old lieutenant with more than 20 years on the force.” And according to the Las Vegas Review, the lieutenant’s wife was a retired officer and their son was about seven years old.
When police arrived at the lieutenant’s house, he was standing next to his door holding a pistol, said U.S. News. He had already warned the dispatcher that we would shoot anyone who “approached” his house.
Officers ordered the man to put down his weapon, but he just walked into his blazing home and killed himself.
“The responding officers never fired a shot but circled the house with guns drawn while firefighters put out the flames that engulfed the roof.”
Based on interviews with the lieutenant’s neighbors, they stated that the family did not bother anyone.
A coworker said he had seen the man Saturday night and that he seemed fine. "You just wonder how and why this could happen," the officer said.