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SWAT unit assists in removing subject of eviction notice

Constable’s officer mistakes object thrown at door for gunshot, calls in reinforcements

Updated Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.

Area of incident

It sounded like a gunshot, Metro Police and a Las Vegas Township Constable's officer thought.

But when the ensuing barricade situation ended two hours later, after a SWAT unit entered the home in the 3900 block of Shadow Wood Avenue, near South Sandhill Road and East Twain Avenue, authorities found out there was no shot at all. The 64-year-old man who lived in the house by himself merely had thrown an object at the front door when the constable was approaching to serve eviction papers, according to Officer Jose Hernandez, a Metro spokesman.

The constable, accompanied by a Metro officer, was serving the notice around 1 p.m. Surrounding homes were evacuated, and additional officers and SWAT personnel were dispatched to the residence after authorities thought the constable's officer had come under fire.

After the reinforcements arrived, authorities made numerous unsuccessful attempts to contact the man inside the home. Shortly before 3:15 p.m., the SWAT unit detonated a "flash-bang grenade" and entered the home. The suspect immediately complied with officers' orders and was taken into custody.

Hernandez said the resident was distraught and was to undergo a medical evaluation before any possible charges were filed.

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