Las Vegas police were investigating a suicide in the southwest valley on Wednesday morning.
Ray Spencer said investigators believe a man shot his wife and then aimed the gun at himself at around 7:40 a.m. in a house in a new residential area near Blue Diamond and Fort Apache Streets.
The husband and wife were both in their forties and living in the residence on the 9200 block on South Park Street.
Spencer said the couple’s 16-year-old son found the bodies and called 911.
“The teenager reported hearing gunshots at his house,” Spencer said. “He walked out of his bedroom down the hall and found his mother, who was suffering from a gunshot wound. That was at the top of the stairs. At the end of the stairs he found his father, who was also suffering from a gunshot wound. “
Family members arrived at the scene before a press conference and were seen talking to officers. A woman collapsed on the floor after hearing the news. Another woman whined uncontrollably.
“We’re also talking to some other family members about past family dynamics that led to the shootings.” Said Spencer.
The shooting marks the third suicide in the Las Vegas Valley in 15 days.
Jeffrey David Lobel, 51, and Cicilia Apolo, 55, were found dead on Saturday at the Falling Waters Apartments complex, 1350 N. Town Center Drive, in Summerlin. Police said Apolo was suffering from health problems and the couple were “in a financial crisis”.
On February 16 in Henderson, police said Whitney Chareun, 25, was shot dead by Nhan Truong, 29, in a house on the 3000 block of Sunridge Heights Parkway near Seven Hills Drive. Truong then shot himself. Two children aged 2 and 14 months and two dogs were also found unharmed in the apartment, the police said.
“We are all concerned with the limitations of COVID and the current economic environment,” said Spencer. “There is a lot of stress out there. There are several resources family members can turn to. You can call 2-1-1 and also contact the Family Justice Center. There are resources for families who are under tremendous stress. “
Signs of suicide can include changes in conversation, behavior, and mood, according to the American Association of Suicidology.
When a person talks about being a burden to others and feeling trapped; when a person begins to act recklessly or withdraw from friends, family, and activities; If a person experiences anger, fear, or loss of interest, reach out to the person or seek help.
For more information, see suicidology.org/resources/warning-signs.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8522) provides 24/7 access to trained telephone counselors. The Crisis Text Line is a free national service that is available 24/7. Write HOME to 741741.
Contact Glenn Puit at [email protected] or 702-383-0390. Follow @GlennatRJ on Twitter. Review Journal contributor Katelyn Newberg contributed to this report.