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Police: 3 arrested in officer’s death have gang ties

18-year-old accused in death released from UMC, booked into jail


Saul Williams Jr., 20, and Prentice Marshall, 18, were arrested in connection with the death of Metro Officer Trevor Nettleton. A 17-year-old boy also was arrested in Nettleson’s death.

Updated Friday, Nov. 20, 2009 | 5:43 p.m.

Arrests made in officer's shooting

Three people have been arrested and charged with murder for the death of off-duty Metro Police Officer Trevor Nettleton. He was fatally shot in his garage in North Las Vegas during a shooting that officials are calling a "senseless" crime.

Off-Duty Officer Found Dead

A Metro Police officer carries a bag and a police utility belt as he leaves the area of a crime scene and carries the items to a patrol car in North Las Vegas Thursday, Nov. 19, 2009.  Launch slideshow »
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Trevor Nettleton

An 18-year-old North Las Vegas man has been released from University Medical Center after an alleged exchange of gunfire that left a Metro Police officer dead Thursday morning at his North Las Vegas home.

Prentice Marshall, 18, was booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center, along with Saul Williams, Jr., 20. A 17-year-old boy also was arrested in the fatal shooting of 30-year-old Officer Trevor Nettleton, a three-year veteran at Metro. Gang charges have been added to all three.

Marshall left UMC about 7 a.m. today, police said. He has been charged with one count each of murder with a deadly weapon with a gang enhancement, conspiracy to commit robbery with a gang enhancement and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon.

About 12:10 a.m. Friday a 17-year-old boy was booked at the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center on one count each of murder with a deadly weapon with gang enhancement, attempted robbery with a weapon with gang enhancement and conspiracy to commit robbery, police said. Authorities weren't releasing his name or booking photo because of his age.

Authorities this afternoon said the 17-year-old boy will face the charges as an adult. He is expected to be transferred to the North Las Vegas Detention Center and booked on the adult charges.

Williams was booked into the North Las Vegas Detention Center on one count each of murder with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery and attempted robbery with a deadly weapon. Detectives have since added the gang enhancement on the murder and attempted robbery charges.

He is survived by his wife, a 2-year-old boy and 2-month-old girl.

The three alleged gang members confronted Nettleton in his garage in the 1100 block of Emerald Stone Avenue near Lone Mountain Road and Donna Street shortly after midnight Thursday after the officer returned from working the swing shift. He was not in uniform and the garage door was open, police said.

Since the residence was in North Las Vegas, the North Las Vegas Police Department took the lead in the investigation of the deadly shooting, said North Las Vegas Police Chief Joseph Forti.

Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie, who has lost three police officers this year in the deadliest period in Metro Police history, is offering any resources necessary in the North Las Vegas Police investigation.

Visitation services have been scheduled from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Palm Mortuary, 6701 N. Jones Blvd. A short prayer vigil will occur at 6 p.m. Tuesday, lasting about 30 minutes.

A funeral Mass will take place at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Roman Catholic Church, 1811 Pueblo Vista Drive.

Burial will follow at Palm Mortuary and Cemetery Northwest, 6701 N. Jones Blvd.

The Injured Police Officers Fund has opened an account for Nettleton's family at Nevada State Bank. The account number is 602027542.

The IPOF assists officers and their family members with expenses not covered by insurance for serious line-of-duty injuries or death.

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