A 93-year-old man faces charges including attempted murder after he allegedly opened fire Thursday at his Las Vegas apartment complex during a dispute over water damage.
Robert Thomas. (Las Vegas Metro Police Department)
Surveillance video from the office at the Vista del Valle complex shows Robert Thomas confronting a seated man in the apartment office. He then raises a handgun and shoots twice. His victim, shot in the legs, topples to the floor.
The police response to the disturbance call is captured on bodycam video: Officer Ronald Hornyak runs toward the office, fires once through the glass door, orders Thomas to drop his gun and pulls him to the ground.
Hornyak’s bullet passed through the lapel of Thomas’ coat but did not wound him. The alleged attacker’s only injury was a cut from the door’s shattered glass, TV station KSNV reported.
The surveillance video and the bodycam video were released by Las Vegas Metro Police Department.
Thomas was taken into custody and later charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, discharging a firearm inside a structure, burglary with a firearm, and carrying a concealed weapon without a permit, KSNV said.
He reportedly told police after his arrest that he would “do it again,” and that he didn’t intend to kill his victim, who was identified only as a maintenance employee at the complex.
The employee was treated at a hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Hornyak, a 15-year veteran of the Las Vegas force, was put on routine paid administrative leave after the shooting.
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Vista del Valle is adjacent to the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino and across Interstate 15 from Caesar’s Palace.
Source:: The Mercury News – Nation, World