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Las Vegas Metro Police Lt. Hans Walters Kills Wife, 5-Year-Old Son, then Himself

A Las Vegas police lieutenant shot his wife and 5-year-old son to death before turning the gun on himself in Boulder City, Nevada on Monday.

Lt. Hans Pieter Walters, 52, a 20-year veteran of the Las Vegas Metro Police, shot his wife, 46-year-old Kathryn Michelle Walters, also a police officer, and their 5-year-old son, Maximilian Walters, in their heads before setting his house on fire and shooting himself dead after police arrived.

Hans and Kathryn Walters

Hans and Kathryn Walters

According to the Las Vegas Sun, Lt. Walters called 911 at about 8:20 a.m. to report that he’d shot his family and advise them he planned on killing himself. He also threatened to shoot any officers sent to try to stop him.

Boulder City police arrived at the burning home, located on the 1300 block of Esther Drive, within moments of the ominous 911 call. They observed Walters step outside the front door of his home with a gun in his hand. Walters ignored the officers’ orders to drop his weapon and surrender and went back inside, then shot himself shortly after.

Police SWAT units went door-to-door in the neighborhood and asked residents to evacuate as firefighters arrived to extinguish the blaze. They discovered three bodies in the home.

“Anyone who has been involved in law enforcement for any amount of time is usually prepared for any scenario,” Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the LVMP told reporters. “No one, however, can prepare for something like this.”

ABC News reports that investigators are trying to determine what made Lt. Walters snap and kill his family and himself.

“He didn’t seem out of the ordinary at all,” a colleague of Walters who wished to remain anonymous told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “Cops are pretty intuitive. They can tell when something’s wrong with someone.”

“He seemed totally fine.”

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