LAS VEGAS — Metro SWAT was called to a Southwest Las Vegas home on Monday after a man barricaded himself in a home located near West Flamingo Road and Redwood Street that he was being evicted from.
The economy is still in recovery mode in Las Vegas and there are still many people out of work and suffering from financial woes. Nevada posted the nation’s second highest home foreclosure rate in 2013 and the state’s foreclosure rate remains as one of the worst in the country.
Sometimes the pressure can be so high that individuals feel that they are unable to cope.
The scene unfolded after the Constable’s office attempted to serve an an eviction notice at the home at approximately 11:20 a.m. The man refused to come out and threatened to kill himself.
They believed the man was armed and Metro SWAT was contacted.
SWAT is the agency that is contacted to perform high risk operations that fall outside of the capabilities of regular, uniformed police.
They officers with Las Vegas SWAT are highly trained and are focused on bringing a peaceful end to challenging situations.
As a precaution nearby residents were evacuated from their homes and the nearby CH Decker Elementary School was placed on lock down shortly before 1 p.m.
The hours long standoff ended at approximately 4:15 p.m. when the team entered the house and apprehended the man who had a gunshot wound and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
If you or someone you know is in crisis, available help is just a phone call away.
The National Suicide Prevention hotline is staffed 24/7 and be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).