CREATED May. 6, 2013
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Details continue to unfold surrounding the brutal murder of a 44-year old Las Vegas woman and the officer-involved shooting that stopped her accused killer.
One week ago, Shanna Fernandez was stabbed in the back patio of her home in the area of Rainbow Boulevard and Alta Drive. In her dying words, she named Nathan Benson as her attacker.
For hours Benson was on the run. The day after the murder, citizens alerted law enforcement that they spotted Benson in the same neighborhood.
In a press conference held Monday afternoon, Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department reported that five officers chased Benson on foot. One officer actually clipped Benson with the front of his patrol car in an effort to stop him, but that proved unsuccessful.
Following that, Officer James Milligan and Officer Praise Cowman ran after him. Benson then charged Officer Milligan with a knife.
"Both officers ordered Benson to stop. Officer Milligan then engaged Benson, firing two rounds from his duty weapon. Simultaneously, Officer Cowman fired one round from her duty weapon. Benson fell to the ground as officers who were giving chase on foot arrived and took custody of Nathan Benson," says Undersheriff Jim Dixon.
Benson was only struck once in the stomach. Officers found two kitchen knives on him which are believed to be the same ones that were used in Fernandez' stabbing.
Benson was last listed in stable condition at University Medical Center.
Benson's mother was reportedly renting a room in Fernandez' house, which is how he and Fernandez knew eachother. Law enforcement tells Action News that Benson and Fernandez were acquitances but not friends.
Officer Milligan and Officer Cowman are still on administrative leave as the investigation continues.