Police: Woman fatally shoots husband in backyard of east valley residence


UPDATE, July 24 | The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified the man as 40-year-old Michael Anthony Garcia of Las Vegas.

The cause of death is a gunshot wound to the chest, and the manner of death is a homicide, according to the Coroner's Office.

ORIGINAL | The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is investigating a deadly shooting near East Harmon Avenue and Sandhill Road, where it appears the victim of domestic violence shot and killed her husband.

Police say were called to the house at least once before and the woman had a restraining order against her husband, although it is unclear whether it was active.

Police said the woman called 911 to report the shooting. She said her husband was in the shed. He called her out to the shed and threatened her with a gun and she shot him.

He died at Sunrise Hospital.

It is unclear why he was on the property but police say they are investigating this homicide as self-defense.

“Any time a person is threatened or if they are threatened with a firearm, that person does have the right to defend themselves,” said Lt. Ray Spencer.

The woman’s neighbors said they didn’t even know she was married.

“I have only ever met the woman. I have never seen the guy,” said Tarah Leeland. She also said she was not surprised she did not know what was going on inside the home.

“It is kind of a more private issue. Something that is not really discussed or talked about, unfortunately," she said.

That is exactly why Safe Nest said it has a pilot program underway where advocates go to domestic calls with officers.

Amber Batchelor, the Vice President of Advocacy and Prevention Services with Safe Nest said, “It is an earlier intervention, right. We are getting it further upstream.”

She said each domestic violence case is different and therefore safety plans have to be well-thought out because protective orders do not always work.

“There are some characteristics of abusers that you sort of know, they are probably going to violate that order," said Bathchelor.

Those safety plans can be created with a trained advocate at Safe Nest.

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