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Police: Man assaulted wife, killed self as kids stayed with grandparents

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Kyle B. Hansen

Metro Police investigate what they believe was a suicide-attempted murder case on Perkins Hill Street in northwest Las Vegas.

Updated Monday, May 18, 2009 | 3:22 p.m.

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Metro Police cars line the street outside a residence where they say a man killed himself after assaulting his wife.

Suicide-attempted murder

Metro Police are investigating a suicide-attempted murder case in the northwest Las Vegas Valley, police spokesman Jacinto Rivera said.

At about 9:23 a.m., police received a call about an incident in the 7300 block of Perkins Hill Street, which is near Hualapai Way and Elkhorn Road.

When police responded, they found a woman with blunt force trauma injuries. Further investigation led police to discover the woman's husband in the upstairs of the home, dead from an apparent suicide, Rivera said.

The man and woman had three children ranging from age 4 to 14, who had spent the previous night with their grandparents. The grandparents were visiting from out of town and were staying at a casino, police said. The grandmother went to the home Monday morning to return the children and discovered blood on the floor and her daughter with serious injuries. She went to a neighbor's home, where she called police.

The children remained in the woman's vehicle and didn't see the crime scene, Rivera said.

The 40-year-old man’s death appears to be a suicide, and the incident likely is related to domestic violence, police said. Police found weapons in the home but wouldn't say whether they were used in the incident.

The 36-year-old woman was taken to University Medical Center with serious head injuries. The Metro Police violent crime section is investigating. Police said there had been no prior calls to the home for domestic violence.

The neighborhood where the incident occurred is still under construction.

“It’s a very new neighborhood, it is a very nice neighborhood,” Rivera said.

Rivera said domestic situations are the most common calls Metro receives.

“Domestic situations are far-reaching, it has no social or economic border," he said. "They (are) everywhere."

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