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Henderson Standoff Shooting Ruled Suicide

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Clark County Coroner's Office has ruled the shooting death of fire marshal investigator Eric Thatcher as a suicide. Thatcher fired on Henderson Police officers on Thursday and died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

Police were called to Thatcher's home near Sun City Anthem Drive after he made threatening statements to a friend. When officers arrived, Thatcher opened fire, striking several houses and a police car.

A Henderson SWAT team officer fired once at Thatcher, but did not strike him. Thatcher then took his own life.

Thatcher was a former Nevada Highway Patrol trooper and current Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal investigator.

Neighbors Still Rattled After Two Standoffs

CLARK COUNTY, Nev. -- Lives were on hold in two neighborhoods Thursday when Metro, Henderson and North Las Vegas Police faced armed gunmen in separate incidents. 

Police came to Eric Thatcher's house after reports he was threatening to take his life. A state official says Thatcher was a state fire marshal. Before that, he was a Nevada Highway Patrol trooper.

Thatcher had recently separated from his wife and his home was close to foreclosure. Police still aren't sure if he killed himself or was shot by their officers.

With SWAT teams aiming at Thatcher through neighborhood windows, the amount of damage is not surprising. But across the street, innocent neighbors were simply caught in the crossfire.

"Right as I was unlocking the door, that is when the first bullet come through our house. And we just heard it ricochet off the walls," said a neighbor.

Gunman Dead After Standoff with Henderson Police

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Henderson SWAT teams moved into an Anthem Highlands neighborhood just before noon Thursday after Henderson police reported a man fired a gun at officers.

The shooting took place near Democracy Drive and Anthem Highlands Drive. Police set up a command post and evacuated some nearby homes.

Gail Powell with the Department of Public Safety says the man involved in the shooting was Eric Thatcher, a former NHP trooper and current fire marshal.

Police say Thatcher was armed and making suicidal threats. When they arrived, they tried to talk him out of the house, but he wouldn't come out. Officers backed off and started calling in the SWAT team. As they were retreating, they say Thatcher began firing at officers. He struck a police car and several neighboring houses.

Rental Scam Targets Trusting Landlords

LAS VEGAS -- Desperate economic times have scammers getting trickier. Thieves posing as potential renters try to develop an emotional connection with a landlord and then take off with your cash. They bait with a sob story or special circumstance to gain trust and then they take. 

They're targeting people all over Las Vegas, even in the 8 News NOW newsroom.

A check printed in West Virginia and mailed from Pittsburgh from a girl in Great Britain landed in the mailbox of 8 News NOW Producer Rebecca Malone.

She was contacted by someone interested in a room in her three bedroom rental. A woman in the UK who said her name is Erin. Emails were exchanged back and forth.

First and last month's rent, $1,600, is what Malone required for Erin to move in. What she got was a check for $2,880. The potential renter says it was a mistake and told Malone to wire her the extra money.

Search Resumes for St. George Man

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- The search for a Utah man missing for five months has resumed in the southern Nevada desert.

About 70 people combed an area south of the Henderson Executive Airport in search of clues in the disappearance of 30-year-old Steven Koecher. The St. George man's car was found abandoned in Henderson in December.

Henderson police say some bone fragments were found in the search Saturday but did not appear to be human. Detective Rob McKay says the fragments will be turned over to the coroner's office to determine what kind of bones they were.

A private investigator hired by the family says he received a tip from a reliable source who said the area would be worth searching.

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Family of Child Abuse Victim Speaks Out

HENDERSON -- The family of a 16-month-old Henderson child who was murdered is speaking out.  Not only are they sharing memories of Addison Weast, they are also want her alleged killer to pay.

Cody Geddings, who was the boyfriend of Addison's mother, is in jail accused of murder. Police believe the 24-year-old man shattered the girl's skull while he was babysitting her last week.

The Weast family held a fundraiser at Sunset Park Thursday to raise money to help pay for Addison's funeral. The emotions are still very fresh for the child's family. They say they adored Addison. Her biological father, Charles Weast, has not been able to talk publicly about his daughter's death but the grandparents are now speaking out.

Anita Mann Pleads Guilty in Deadly DUI Crash

LAS VEGAS -- The 19-year-old woman accused of killing two people in a DUI accident in February has pleaded guilty.

Police say Anita Mann had a blood alcohol level nearly three times the legal limit when she rear-ended an SUV on February 16th killing Henderson residents Karen Hicks and Louis Madden who were both 65.

Mann is scheduled to be sentenced June 8th.