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December 19, 2014

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Henderson officers who fatally shot attacker are identified

​The Henderson Police officers involved in the Tuesday morning shooting death of a 51-year-old man have been identified as Fergus Baxter and Charles Hedrick.

Baxter and Hedrick stopped Jesse Vigil at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday as he was riding his bike on Horizon Drive near Boulder Highway, police said.

Vigil was aggressive and uncooperative as the officers questioned him, so they attempted to arrest him.

​This led to an altercation in which Vigil pulled out a knife and stabbed Baxter multiple times, prompting both officers to open fire on him, police said.

Baxter was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center where he was treated and released the same day.

Vigil was a homeless man and convicted felon who frequented the Boulder Highway area, police said.

In Colorado, he was convicted of second-degree murder in 1980 and assault in 1983 and 1989, police said.

He was arrested for domestic battery and being an ex-felon in possession of a concealed firearm by Henderson Police in 2007.

He was arrested on the same concealed firearm charge in 2008 in Henderson and in 2010 in North Las Vegas, police said.

Baxter and Hedrick, who have been with Henderson Police since 2007 and 2008 respectively, are on routine paid administrative leave.

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