More Charges, Details in SWAT Standoff
(LAS VEGAS, KXNT)–Police confirmed they have filed additional charges–including six counts of attempted murder on a police officer–stemming from the daylong standoff in Las Vegas last week in which a woman holding her kids at gunpoint was eventually shot and wounded by a SWAT team.
Sara Jones, 29, is still hospitalized, recovering from a gunshot to her face, fired by a SWAT team member at the conclusion of a nearly 24-hour long ordeal.
The incident began when Jones and her husband were arguing and police arrived at the domestic disturbance call to find the husband leaving the premises with a shotgun, and Jones holding a handgun in front of the residence on Newton Street.
When police asked her to come out, she refused and stayed inside with two small children. Hours later, a gunshot was heard inside and police tried to move into the home, fearing the children had been hurt. When police encountered Jones, she fired a shot at a police officer, hitting him in in the leg. Police returned fire, hitting Jones in the head. She has been charged with various offenses in ansentia as she recovers in a hospital.
Undersheriff Jim Dixon told reporters Wednesday that Jones was holding a gun on her children just before the exchange of gunfire with police.