Good Samaritan Shoots Fence Jumping Suspect, as Police Air Unit Was In Pursuit

Las Vegas, Nevada — At about 6 pm on April 5, officers were called to the area of West Washington Ave and Spyglass Lane according to Las Vegas Metro Police. They were in search of a suspect.

An air police unit noticed a motorcycle driving suspiciously in a shopping center, then took off in a reckless manner speeding northbound on Decatur. The air unit remained in pursuit. Reports show that the motorcyclist got off the bike at Vermont Ave and ran east toward the local automotive dealership.

An armed citizen noticed the air unit in pursuit of the suspect and saw him jump a barbed wire fence behind the dealership, landing in the adjoining neighborhood. The 40-something year old man called the police and followed the suspect on foot to a pathway in a condominium complex.

That’s when the suspect pulled out a knife, causing the good Samaritan to draw his gun.

He fired two rounds at the man hitting him both times. It’s being reported that the citizen then went to retrieve his first aid kit, but the man was pronounced dead on the scene when medical services arrived.

The suspect was identified by the coroner as 27 year old Joshua Thomas.

At this time police believe the shooting was in self-defense, but the case was sent to the district attorney’s office for review.

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  1. Concerned citizen on April 12, 2020 at 4:54 pm

    It was the HOA President that shot this man why was he fallowing him he wasn’t in harms way he could’ve gonna the opposite way looks the ccw tried to be a hero and shot someone that not self defense if your looking for trouble I stay 1 house down from where this took place and the hoa dude is a trigger happy cowboy

  2. Tom D on April 23, 2020 at 10:00 am

    This guy is probably going to be in some trouble with the law. I think his original action (pursuing a subject AND w/o request from law enforcement) would be considered offensive use of deadly force, therefore unlawful.

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