Woman finds bullet in mattress after police kill man in standoff


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Woman finds bullet in mattress after police kill man in standoff

By Jacqui Heinrich. CREATED Dec 8, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A stroke of luck kept a Las Vegas woman and her infant son out of the line of fire after police shot and killed a man during a standoff at the Mountain Vista Apartments early Saturday morning. 

Samantha Squire says a stray bullet went through her bedroom wall and into her mattress.

"Thankfully we have movie nights on Friday so we slept in the living room," Squire told Action News.

Otherwise Squire and her 7-month-old baby boy would have been in the bed that's now been shot and cut open after police brought a deadly end to a standoff with a 26-year-old man they say was threatening to open fire at the apartment complex.

"This had to do with family members reporting that their son was despondent and suicidal and wanted to provoke a confrontation with police by starting a mass shooting," said Metro Sergeant John Sheahan. "He leveled a rifle at police officers who opened fire."

Bullets ended up in neighboring units, now sealed off for the investigation. 

Squire says she was woken up Sunday morning by police looking for one more. "7:00 in the morning I get a knock on my door and it's the cops. They found a bullet, it went through the wall, through the headboard, and into my mattress. They had to cut my bed open and everything to get it out," she said.

Squire believes divine intervention spared her life and her son's, making her feel for the suspect's family. "Somebody died. Metro killed someone. I saw the family in the office when I went to pay my rent and they were just in tears. The mother, when she found out the bullet came into my house, she just started crying and was like 'I'm so sorry'," Squire said.

The close call has her wanting to move. "My lease is up at the end of the month," she said. "If something happened to my baby I don't know what I would do."

Metro police say three officers were involved in the shooting. Their names are due to be released on Monday.

In the meantime, the shooting remains under investigation.

Jacqui Heinrich

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Jacqui Heinrich is currently an Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter for Action News.