A Metro Police Lieutenant commits suicide after murdering his family leaving many wondering why he did it.
Although many already knew the name of the Metro Police Lieutenant involved in the tragedy that unfolded Monday night in Boulder City, NV, the names have now been officially released.
Hans Pieter Walters, 52, apparently shot and killed his wife Michelle Walters, 46 and their 5-year-old son Maximilian at their home in Boulder City.
Michelle Walters, has been identified as former police officer, by CNN.
Walters called 911 shortly after 8 am and told the dispatcher that he killed his wife and son and was going to set the house on fire. He said that he would shoot anyone that approached the home.
Emergency units were dispatched to the home and Walters were seen outside the home.
He was told to put the gun down, quickly retreated inside and shot himself.
Some neighbors have gone on record to say that the family seemed nice and normal and that they were not aware of any problems that they might be experiencing.
A fellow officer told the Las Vegas review Journal that Walters seemed “totally fine”
Hans Walters had over 20 years of service with the force. and, so far, no details have been released on his work record.
Nevada has a very high suicide rate.
In 2011, the Office of Suicide Prevention listed Nevada’s suicide rate as the 5th highest in the nation and the 6th leading cause of death of Nevadans.
Males make up 80% of suicide deaths and Nevada seniors over 60 have the highest suicide rate in the nation, over double the national average for the same age group.
Help is available for people that are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, there is a National Suicide Hotline that is staffed 24/7 and can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK.