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SWAT unit assists in removing subject of eviction notice

Constable’s officer mistakes object thrown at door for gunshot, calls in reinforcements

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.

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It sounded like a gunshot, Metro Police and a Las Vegas Township Constable's officer thought.

But when the ensuing barricade situation ended two hours later, after a SWAT unit entered the home in the 3900 block of Shadow Wood Avenue, near South Sandhill Road and East Twain Avenue, authorities found out there was no shot at all. The 64-year-old man who lived in the house by himself merely had thrown an object at the front door when the constable was approaching to serve eviction papers, according to Officer Jose Hernandez, a Metro spokesman.

The constable, accompanied by a Metro officer, was serving the notice around 1 p.m. Surrounding homes were evacuated, and additional officers and SWAT personnel were dispatched to the residence after authorities thought the constable's officer had come under fire.

After the reinforcements arrived, authorities made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the man inside the home. Shortly before 3:15 p.m., the SWAT unit detonated a "flash-bang grenade" and entered the home. The suspect immediately complied with officers' orders and was taken into custody.

Hernandez said the resident was distraught and was to undergo a medical evaluation before any possible charges were filed.

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  1. My taxes at work.

    Give the tax metro wants to where it is really needed. Our school system ranked 50th in the nation or our bankrupt hospital or our public health care system that is crumbling to the ground. metro is top heavy and equipment fat and as we can see efficent. Probably 50 cops there.

  2. You realize if LVMPD sent their SWAT team out with every constable serving an eviction notice, there would be very few evictions in Vegas.

  3. Whatever was thrown at the door was loud enough to sound like a shot. Students from both the nearby elementary and high school said they heard a sound like a gunshot, a little bit later the elementary students heard something that sounded like an explosion. The same claim has been made by multiple students at both the high school and the elementary.
    It saddens me to always see that everyone who comments on these posts are always so cynical/negative to assume that everytime metro is involved it is always their fault. More people do their jobs correctly than not, just because we usually only hear about the negative encounters doesn't mean you should assume all cops are bad or have ulterior motives.

  4. A senior throwing something at the door needs to be removed with the assistance of authorities--otherwise the tenant might "accidentally" be injured when he scuffles with the process server. Having Metro show up also means that they will probably see that the tenant gets to the homeless shelter and/or the Metro assistance wing will see that the tenant gets more suitable housing--something he can afford. Do you forget the media coverage when Metro assistance even moves the furniture to a smaller, less expensive rental?

  5. Usually only two people show up for an eviction, the Constable and the owner. The Constable serves the paper and makers sure the tenant leaves while the owner is charged with securing the residence. So what was a Metro officer doing tagging along? Was he the owner and taking care of private business on the taxpayer's dime?

    And what exactly was the old guy charged with? Felony throwing something at his own door? According to this report, the man didn't refuse to answer, as the Constable went all 'scaredy cat' while as he was approaching the residence.

    In another story in this paper, we find Sheriff Gillespie begging for more money. Perhaps if his department didn't send out SWAT and spend valuable resources locking down schools and forcing innocent people out of their homes every time something goes bump in the night (or day in this case) he wouldn't need to panhandle up in Carson City.

    It was bad enough when learned last week that some cops are scared of a puppy-dog, now it seems there are some who wet themselves whenever they hear a loud noise.