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Officer shoots man armed with 2 guns in Henderson parking lot


Aida Ahmed

Henderson Police investigate an officer-involved shooting Friday, Sept. 16, 2011, after police say a man repeatedly refused to put down two handguns.

Updated Friday, Sept. 16, 2011 | 5:46 p.m.

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Josiyah Meno

Officer shoots man armed with 2 guns in Henderson parking lot

A Henderson police officer shot a man armed with two guns during a standoff in the parking lot of a Henderson office complex Friday morning.


A Henderson police officer shot a man in the head Friday morning who was armed with two handguns in a medical office building parking lot while apparently trying to confront his estranged wife.

Officers responded at 9:30 a.m. on the report of a man in a parking lot at Coronado Center Drive and Horizon Ridge Parkway carrying a gun in each hand. Police approached the man, identified as 28-year-old Josiyah Meno, and ordered him to put down the weapons, but he refused, police spokesman Keith Paul said.

Police spoke with Meno for about eight minutes in an attempt to get him to drop the guns. Paul said Meno then raised a hand while holding a gun, prompting police to fire and strike Meno in the head.

He was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center's trauma unit, but information about his condition wasn't available.

Police said Meno apparently fired once about the time he was shot because a shell casing was found near him and witnesses heard a total of two shots.

"He was given every opportunity to surrender peacefully," Paul said, saying officers were placed in a "life-threatening situation forcing them to defend themselves."

Police closed off the parking lot of a building that houses the Coronado Surgery Center at the southeast corner of Coronado and Horizon Ridge. Paul said Meno apparently went to the medical building to confront his estranged wife, who recently had obtained a temporary protective order against him that hadn't yet been served.

Police said Meno's wife had called authorities earlier this month reporting he had battered her. She also called police two days ago saying he left threatening messages on her cell phone, Paul said.

Meno will be proxy booked into the Henderson Detention Center on a charge of attempted murder of a police officer.

He has prior convictions in Nevada for robbery, burglary with a deadly weapon and burglary. Police on Friday released a mugshot of Meno from a previous arrest.

No one else was hurt. The four officers involved are on paid leave pending an investigation, which is standard in cases of officer-involved shootings.

Coronado High School was briefly under lockdown during the incident.

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