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‘Jasper shot him in the face:’ Arrest report details deadly confrontation at apartment near UNLV

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — When Luis Guerrero went to the Parkway Villas residences to see his girlfriend on the afternoon of Monday, Oct. 17, the doorways had been locked. He referred to as her and he or she mentioned she was on her approach house and he or she would let him in.

They had an argument in the morning, and when Guerrero left the apartment, he hadn’t answered calls or texts, in keeping with info contained in a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department arrest report. Details from that report, together with witness statements and officers’ accounts of what seems on safety cameras, reveal what occurred subsequent.

What Guerrero didn’t know as he waited for his girlfriend: she was about to finish the relationship. She returned unseen and was with three males in the apartment speaking about how they had been going to inform Guerrero he couldn’t come inside.

Guerrero was impatient and commenced knocking on doorways and home windows at the apartment, simply south of UNLV and west of Maryland Parkway between Reno Avenue and Hacienda Avenue.

As they went out the apartment door, they’d weapons — together with a shotgun that one in every of the males was attempting to cover underneath fabric. Guerrero had a gun, too. “As Luis walked toward the front door, he appeared to retrieve a small black object from his right pants pocket and moved out of the frame of the video,” in keeping with the arrest report.

When he noticed the males, Guerrero pulled his gun and held it down by his aspect.

“Whoa, whoa, you don’t need to do that. Let’s just talk,” one in every of the males mentioned. At that time, one in every of the males that the others referred to as Jasper raised the shotgun, leveled it over the shoulder of one in every of the different males and fired at Guerrero, in keeping with witness statements in the arrest report.

The males ran again into the apartment. “Jasper shot him in the face,” one in every of the males mentioned as they ran out the again door of the apartment.

Jasper was recognized by police as 32-year-old Cory Cruz. He was described as a Hispanic male, about 5-feet-5-inches tall with a stocky build. He was carrying a blue “LA” flat invoice model cap, jean shorts, a grey tank high and darkish blue Converse sneakers with tall white socks. He had each arms tattooed and a small tattoo on his left earlobe, the report mentioned.

Police arrived on the scene simply after 5:30 p.m. after a Shot Spotter alert. They discovered Guerrero in the landscaping rocks exterior the residences. His handgun was at his aspect, however the gunshot wound was clearly not from the handgun.

Officers contacted residents near the place the physique was discovered, however nobody answered the door of the girlfriend’s apartment. Police later noticed her go away the apartment about 40 minutes later and talked to her then. She acknowledged realizing Guerrero and mentioned they’d been courting. She mentioned he may need been in a combat with unknown males.

They talked to different witnesses that day, however didn’t discover Cruz till Oct. 26, alongside Sahara Avenue simply east of Nellis Boulevard. He had been recognized as the gunman utilizing police photographs from a earlier arrest.

Cruz stays in the Clark County Detention Center awaiting a Tuesday court docket look on a homicide cost and a weapons cost of carrying a hid weapon and not using a allow.

The identities of the girlfriend and the two different males who had been in the apartment had been redacted from the arrest report.

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