Published Monday, March 4, 2013 | 7:38 a.m.
Updated Monday, March 4, 2013 | 4:35 p.m.
Two North Las Vegas Police officers shot a man Sunday after he allegedly fired a handgun at the officers during a confrontation at his home, police officials said.
Police received reports about 7:10 p.m. that Robert Crampton, 52, was trying to hurt himself with a dull machete or sword-type knife in his home in the 5400 block of Winterdale Street, near Ann Road and Valley Drive, from his two roommates, North Las Vegas Police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said.
The roommates — a 52-year-old woman and a 22-year-old woman — also said he was searching for ammo for his gun, and feared he would hurt them.
Coon said officers evacuated the roommates and attempted to persuade Crampton to leave his home. After he refused, five officers entered the home believing the man may be in need of serious medical attention.
When the officers announced their presence in his hallway, Crampton fired at them, Coon said. Two officers returned fire, striking the man in the lower legs and torso, and hand. Crampton was transported to University Medical Center, where he is in critical condition, Coon said.
No one else was injured in the incident.
Both officers, a five-year veteran and six-year veteran, have been placed on paid administrative leave while the shooting is under investigation, Coon said.