Gunman Asks Officer If He's 'Ready To Die' Moments Before Fatal Shooting
Las Vegas, NV – The Las Vegas Metro Police Department (LVMPD) has released bodycam footage that captured the moment a suicidal man pointed a handgun at responding officers during a standoff at his home (video below).
The harrowing encounter occurred at approximately 5:29 p.m. on May 14, after the wife of 54-year-old Alex Underdown called LVMPD to report a “family disturbance,” Clark County Assistant Sheriff Tim Kelly said in a press conference on May 16.
The woman calmly told the 911 operator that she and her husband had both been drinking, and that he had access to several firearms.
“Guess what? He’s trying to throw me out of my home,” she told the 911 operator. “You know, we have two dogs here who are our children, and I am concerned about their welfare.”
She said Underdown had held a firearm to her head in the past, but said she was not injured when she initially placed the call.
Due to the high volume of calls and the woman’s report that the argument was only verbal, officers were not dispatched to the residence until 7:03 p.m., Sheriff Kelly explained.
When police arrived at the couple’s Bel Air Drive home five minutes later, the woman came outside with facial injuries and a black eye.
“Through their investigation officers determined that Underdown had battered his wife and established probable cause to arrest him for domestic violence,” Sheriff Kelly said.
They were able to reach Underdown by phone, and asked him to come outside, but he disconnected the call.
“I’m surrounded by the police,” he said during a phone call with a family member at 7:42 p.m., according to Sheriff Kelly. “I’m going to kill myself. I love you. Goodbye.”
The irate suspect exited the home carrying a Glock 9mm handgun in his right hand, and began yelling and swearing at police.
He also placed the weapon under his chin multiple times, and told police to shoot him.
“Shoot me, man! I don’t give a f--k!” Underdown yelled in the bodycam footage.
The video showed one of the officers as he repeatedly tried to talk with the irate suspect.
“You don’t know me motherf--ker!” Underdown retorted. “You listen to my drunk-ss wife. You’re embarrassing me in front of my neighbors! F--k you!”
Las Vegas Metro Police officer Brendan Burbrink, 33, grabbed his patrol rifle and headed to Underdown’s next-door-neighbor’s yard with two other officers, Sheriff Kelly said.
They were separated from the gunman by a wall between the two yards.
The irate suspect continued to scream obscenities, and refused to drop his weapon, the video showed.
“I got a better shot than you,” he taunted police at one point. “You better hide behind that tree.”
The officer tried to ask Underdown what went wrong that led to the disturbance.
“I die. I don’t give a f--k,” he responded. “What about you, man? You ready to die, b---h? I would suggest you take cover because I know how to shoot.”
Despite the threats being hurled by the armed man, the officer remained calm and continued his efforts to get Underdown to speak with him.
Underdown continued to yell obscenities at the officers as a helicopter monitored the situation from above.
“Initially, Underdown did not appear to be aware of Officer Burbrink’s team located behind the wall,” Sheriff Kelly explained. “As Underdown was walking around his yard, he walked by Officer Burbrink, then suddenly raised the firearm and pointed it at Officer Burbrink and the two other officers.”
Officer Burbrink fired four rounds at the suspect, hitting him once.
Underdown collapsed to the ground, and the officers moved in to render aid and place him under arrest.
He was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Jesus f--king Christ,” Officer Burbrink said in the video. “He pointed that s--t right at my face. We’re like three feet from this guy.”
Although he did not fire any rounds during the encounter, Underdown’s weapon was found to have a round in the chamber, and four more in the magazine, Sheriff Kelly said.
Underdown was previously charged with larceny and larceny auto in Virginia.
He also had prior charges of DUI, petty larceny, and destroying crops, trees or shrubs in Nevada.
Had he survived, Underdown would have faced charges including battery/domestic violence and three counts of assault of a deadly weapon on protected person, Sheriff Kelly said.
Officer Burbrink has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the officer-involved shooting, as per protocol, KTNV reported.
You can watch footage of the LVMPD’s encounter with Underdown in the video below. WARNING - Graphic Content