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Suspect in local homicide tries to flee through ceiling, but ends up arrested

Edward Perez, 41, has been arrested for the Oct. 5, 2017, fatal shooting of a woman in Las Vegas. (LVMPD photo)

A suspect in the Oct. 5 fatal shooting of a woman has been arrested by police, but not after he attempted to flee by climbing through an attic and then falling through a drywall ceiling.

Edward Perez, 41, was arrested Oct. 7 after he was determined to be a suspect in the shooting.

Perez was believed to be in an apartment complex located at 1200 Redwood Street, when detectives knocked on the door, they were told Perez was not there.

While a search warrant was being obtained for the apartment, Perez climbed up into the attic area and crawled to another end of the building where he fell through a drywall ceiling and into another resident’s apartment. That resident was able to get out of the apartment and Perez was taken into custody, according to a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department news release.

About 1:57 p.m. Oct 5, LVMPD patrol officers were dispatched to a residence in the 4200 block of Ridgeview Drive to investigate a report that a woman had been shot. Arriving officers located an unresponsive woman in the living room of the house who was suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Medical personnel arrived and pronounced the woman deceased.

An investigation initiated by the LVMPD Homicide Section indicated the victim had come over to the house to visit her friend. She walked into the house and a minute later a man entered the house, yelled at the victim, and then shot her with a handgun. The suspect was gone before officers arrived.

Numerous bystanders indicated the suspect had been staying at a residence nearby. The investigation also revealed there was a verbal altercation between the victim and the suspect just prior to the shooting. As of this release, no arrest has been made and the motive is unknown.

The identity of the victim, as well as the cause and manner of death, will be released by the Clark County coroner.

Perez was transported to UMC to be treated for injuries he received in the fall, and was later taken to the Clark County Detention Center where he faces charges of:

· Murder with use of a deadly weapon

· Burglary while in possession of a deadly weapon

· Discharging a gun at or into an occupied structure

· Possession of a gun by a prohibited person

· Kidnapping with use of a deadly weapon

· Assault with a deadly weapon (2 counts)

· Child abuse or neglect (2 counts)

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at 702-828-3521, or by email at homicide@lvmpd.com. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555, or on the internet at www.crimestoppersofnv.com. Tips leading directly to an arrest or indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may be eligible for a cash reward.

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