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Sergeant Henry Prendes | Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

Sergeant

Henry Prendes

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, Nevada

End of Watch: Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 14 years

Badge # 4067

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Rifle; Semi-automatic

Offender: Shot and killed

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Sergeant Henry Prendes was shot and killed after responding to a domestic violence call.

Sergeant Prendes and several officers responded to a report of a man beating a woman with a stick in the front yard, and breaking windows on vehicles and a house on Feather Duster Court. When Sergeant Prendes and other officers arrived, they located the woman, who was the suspect's girlfriend. Her mother and her brother were with her, but the suspect had gone inside the home.

Sergeant Prendes approached the door of the home when the suspect opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle, striking him. Sergeant Prendes fell on the sidewalk, but officers could not reach him because the suspect continued firing with his weapon. The suspect fired approximately 50 rounds and kept the officers pinned behind cars and walls.

The suspect then went upstairs and fired down upon the officers. Despite the barrage of gunfire, police officers tried to rescue Sergeant Prendes. A member of Gang Unit heard the call and responded to the scene with a rifle. He was able to shoot and kill the suspect and help rescue Sergeant Prendes. That officer was wounded in the leg during the rescue and exchange of gunfire.

Sergeant Prendes had served with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife and two young daughters.

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Another loss that absolutely pissed me off. You were there to save this young lady and this total animal took you away from your loved ones, LVMPD, and the rest of the valley. You went in without waiver and made the ultimate sacrifice. I salute you and offer my condolences to your loved ones who received the call none of us want our families to receive. My heart hurts for your family. I remember seeing your story on the news 9 years ago but it lives fresh within me each day as I perform my duties. You continue to save lives through your story. It reminds us that none of us are invincible and that we should cherrish every waking moment with our families. God bless you. You truly are a child of God.

Correctional Officer Joel Tyning 24228
Nevada Department of Corrections
July 15, 2015

 

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