LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- Skydivers expecting a big thrill over the Nevada desert received the scare of their lives this morning. Metro police say an angry man threatened to kill skydiving employees. The employees say they just had asked the man to move his RV.
According to Nevada Highway Patrol Trooper Jeremie Elliott, employees of LV Extreme Skydiving went out to inspect the planned landing zone around 9 a.m. Sunday, about four miles south of the airport. There they encountered an RV parked in the landing zone, just east of Las Vegas Boulevard South and near Interstate 15.
"They approached the RV and then he brought out a handgun and said he would kill them," Elliott told News 3. "They left the scene and called Metro."
Soon, Metro arrived at the RV. Investigators say the man barricaded himself inside. Officers negotiated with the man for 20 minutes by bullhorn when he produced a rifle to threaten the officer, Elliott said. They then called in the SWAT unit.
Metro Capt Matt McCarthy, head of the Metro's Office of Internal Oversight, explained what happened next:
"As our officers from SWAT arrived and began establishing a perimeter around the RV, the occupant of the RV exited and pointed the long gun at the SWAT officers, and SWAT officers fired on the subject. The subject went down. The tactical physician immediately arrived and provided first aid. While doing so, they pronounced the subject deceased."
The Clark County coroner's office will provide the identity of the man after an autopsy and notification of relatives.
Interstate 15 was closed for about 30 minutes after what was first reported as a standoff and suicide at about 9:30 a.m. Skydiving planes along the remote desert near the Nevada-California line remained grounded as the officer involved shooting investigation went on.
The incident was Metro's fourth officer-involved shooting this year. Three have occurred within the past month.