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Police shoot underwear-clad intruder after standoff

Updated Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 12:41 a.m.

Police standoff

A Metro Police SWAT unit shot a man Tuesday night who had barricaded himself inside another person's southern valley home.

The homeowner called police after coming home about 2:30 p.m. to find the stranger in his underwear watching TV. Earlier in the day, police received a missing persons report involving the man and four reports of the man wandering around the neighborhood in suspicious circumstances, said Metro Robbery and Homicide Capt. Brett Primas.

Police then responded to the home, which is in the 9000 block of Crystal Rock Circle, near Gilespie Street and Pebble Road. The pantsless man was armed with a butcher’s knife and hammer and refused to leave, Primas said.

After negotiations with patrol officers failed, Metro's SWAT unit responded to the scene and negotiated with the man for another two and a half hours.

The SWAT unit then entered the front and back of the home. Officers in the back part of the house struck the man with "low-lethal" weapons including low-impact rounds and a Taser, but the underwear-clad man continued to resist officers, Primas said.

The man then approached officers in the front part of the home with the weapons and two officers shot him several times, Primas said.

After he was shot, he continued to struggle, striking two paramedics, Primas said.

The man was stable when he was taken to UMC Trauma, but his condition was not immediately known, officials said.

The man was booked into Clark County Detention Center in absentia and charged with burglary and resisting an officer with a weapon. Metro Police continues to investigate the incident.

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