An off-duty Las Vegas police officer shot his wife and young son before setting his home ablaze and committing suicide Monday, authorities said.
A 52-year-old man dialed 911 from his Boulder City, Nev., home at 8:20 a.m. and told a dispatcher that he had killed his wife and his son and that he planned to set his home on fire and harm any responding officers, said Keith Paul, a spokesman for the Henderson Police Department, which was handling the investigation.
When officers arrived, a man wielding what appeared to be a handgun stood in the doorway, officials said. He ignored commands from the officers and went back inside. It was unclear whether the house was already ablaze.
When a SWAT team eventually entered the partially charred home, authorities said, they found the bodies of the man, his wife and their son.