Aaron Thompson / Special to the Sun
Published Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 | 6:13 p.m.
Updated Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009 | 7:15 p.m.
A man wanted for murder in California and a woman are dead in an apparent murder-suicide after Metro Police responded to a domestic violence call Saturday morning in the northwest valley.
Police said a woman held at gunpoint by her boyfriend brought an 8-month-old baby out of a house at 6629 Nevada Classic Circle, near Rainbow Boulevard and Alexander Road, then the boyfriend shot at Metro Police officers, authorities said.
Officers moved in and snatched the baby to safety, police Capt. Randy Montandon said, and the woman returned to the house. The SWAT team surrounded the house, perching on neighboring rooftops and positioning themselves behind cinder block walls.
By the time SWAT officers entered the house, police said the woman and the man were both dead.
Police did not identify the two people shot to death. The Clark County Coroner's Office will identify the man and the woman after family is notified, police said.
The Metro Police officer who was wounded was taken to University Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Bodies were removed from the home at about 5:30 p.m. after the coroner responded the scene.
Sandy Jaglarski, a neighbor who on Thursday moved into the house two doors down from where the incident took place, said she and her husband had spoken with the man briefly.
"He said it was a nice, quiet street where everybody knew everybody," she said. "I never would have guessed this would happen."
Until Thursday, she had lived for the last six years at the nearby Oasis Palms Apartments on Rainbow.
Jaglarski and her husband learned of the incident when officers banged on her garage door early Saturday morning. A police sniper set up in her backyard and was there for two hours, she said.
“I woke up and the next thing I knew, there was all this commotion. There were cops everywhere,” she said.
Parts of Rainbow were closed for about two hours while the incident was ongoing.