CREATED Apr. 30, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Following a two-day search, 27-year-old Nathan Benson is in the hospital after police shot the stabbing suspect when officers said he pulled a knife.
"A murder suspect with a knife that's refusing to put the knife down, that's charging at the officers - the officers had no choice," Deputy Chief Jim Owens with Metro said.
According to police it was alert neighbors that spotted Benson walking Monday night near Rainbow and Alta. Earlier that day, Benson's friends feared it would end badly for him.
"He might go down in a blaze of glory," Rachael Childress said. "He's not going to let them take him in easy."
Those that know Benson said he has a violent history with knives. He's accused of stabbing to death 44-year-old Shanna Ralston near her west valley home Sunday morning. Neighbors rushed to help Ralston who was covered in blood.
"We are all just relieved that she didn't die alone," one neighbor said. "That someone came outside to do what they could."
Neighbors said they're relieved Benson is off the streets although some can't fully blame him for what happened. Benson's family said he also has a history of mental illness and couldn't get treatment.
"They make people go crazy they put them back on the streets and then things like this happen," one neighbor said. "Then we blame the individual when we really need to look at society as a whole and how we're functioning."
Benson's mother said her son has schizophrenia and has been off his medication for months.