Published February 06, 2013
One of three men who allegedly broke into a Las Vegas home was reportedly killed by the homeowner, who opened fire on the group.
Fox 5 reports that Mark Schwendener knew his family’s security was jeopardized when he noticed a stranger lurking around his west Las Vegas home early Monday.
"He was coming this way,” he told the station. “My family was screaming and crying. My daughter was screaming and freaking out because she didn't want me to go outside with a gun. I was like, ‘I don't want him to come into the house.’”
Schwendener, a recent burglary victim, called 911 before retreating into a bedroom to retrieve a handgun, according to Las Vegas Metro Police. He then fired at least one round at the suspects, prompting them to flee. One of the suspects, however, later identified as a Latino male, died at the scene from a gunshot wound.
"When police officers cleared the victim's backyard, they found a third individual deceased in the backyard from an apparent gunshot wound," Metro Officer Bill Cassell told the station.
A second unidentified suspect attempted to flee the scene by car but collided with an arriving patrol car, Cassell said. A third suspect who fled eastbound on foot remains on the loose.
An investigation is ongoing, but charges aren’t expected to be filed against Schwendener.
"What caused the gunshot, what caused the man's death, that will be determined by the Clark County coroner," Cassell said.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Las Vegas Metro Police at (702) 828-3521.