Homeowner shoots suspect in the face after attempted home invasion
A South Las Vegas homeowner ended up shooting a man trying to get through the family doggie door. Witnesses say the man was on a home invasion rampage before he was shot in the face.
The attempted home invasion occurred in a residential neighborhood near Cactus Avenue and Las Vegas Boulevard.
Nicole Slokken says the intruder banged on her door before he was shot. She remembers getting a call from a neighbor about the suspect hitting her door.
"She said, 'Are you ok? Are you ok? Someone is trying to kick down your door.' I said, 'Oh my gosh!'" said Slokken.
Slokken will never forget the night her neighbor called her. She tells us right after midnight Friday a man went on a home invasion rampage on her street.
"Break in the door kicking it and trying to break it down," said Slokken.
The man was not successful in getting through the front door, so neighbors say he went to a home next to Slokken's.
Witnesses say the man armed with a 12-inch knife tried getting through the doggie door. The homeowner ended up shooting the man in the face.
"I think it was very brave," said Slokken. "I'm glad he did it. It made me feel better -- that he's armed."
The home invader was taken to the hospital. We are told he has now recovered and is in jail.
Slokken found the suspect's cell phone outside her house.
Neighbors say the man tried forcefully entering at least three homes on the street. The brash break in has people at this South Las Vegas community concerned.
Caroline Galanza lives in the neighborhood.
"It was really, really scary," said Galanza. "I kept on thinking 'I can't eat,' the following day. I'm 77-years old."
Slokken believes the outcome would've been different if her neighbor had not called her with a heads up and if her next door neighbor did not shoot the suspect.
"The detective told me the neighbor very well could have saved our lives," said Slokken.