Local locksmith says encountering armed squatters is not uncommon

(Sergio Avila/KSNV)

Homicide detectives say a locksmith came to a vacant home on the 4500 block of east Viking Road and found someone inside.

The locksmith immediately called the property managers, shortly after, police were investigating a deadly shooting.

For locksmith Rob Zaruba, the story is far too common.

"Doing this job 25 years we come across it once a week if not twice," Zaruba said.

Not only is it more common, Zaruba says it's even more dangerous.

"We've had knives pulled on us, we've had pit bulls and a couple weeks ago I had a guy with a syringe come after me," he said. "I'm really thinking about getting my concealed weapon because I'm able to but then you have to know when is the right time to use it and not to use it."

Consequences a property managing husband and wife team are now dealing with after police told News 3 they confronted a man in the vacant home.

That led to a fistfight which caused the property manager to grab a gun and pull the trigger, according to detectives. The suspected burglar was killed.

Michael Shema who lives right across the street from the home initially couldn't understand why police went to the empty home but his neighbors clued him in.

"My neighbor over here said she had seen a few people going in and out over there for the last couple of days," Shema said

Zaruba tells News 3 he tries to take every precaution when doing his work.

If he finds someone inside he calls police or property managers.

Doing what he can to stay safe while doing a job that on the surface doesn't seem dangerous.

Victor Lamar Jones, 27, was killed by a gunshot wound to his back and his death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Clark County coroner's office.

Once officers complete their investigation they will submit the case to the Clark County District Attorney's Office to determine if charges will be filed against the property manager.

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