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Suspect in fatal shootings that involved K-9 Nicky dies from wounds

Metro K-9 Officer Nicky [file photo]

The suspect in the March shootings that killed two people and Metro K-9 Officer Nicky has died from his wounds.

Las Vegas resident James Craig Simpson, 31, died early Friday. He had been hospitalized since the March 31 shootings in the 9800 block of Fast Elk Street in the northwest valley.

His cause of death was complications from multiple gunshot wounds and the manner of death was a homicide, according to the Clark County coroner's office.

Simpson faced charges including two counts of murder with a deadly weapon, attempted murder with a deadly weapon, kidnapping and three counts of shooting into an occupied structure.

A Metro police report said he shot and killed Branden Hughes, 31, and Felicia Wimberly-Hughes, 46, before Metro officers arrived in the neighborhood.

Metro K-9 Officer Nicky was killed in an exchange of gunfire with Simpson and the officers.

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