Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Two people are dead and two others are in critical condition after a hostage situation turned home invasion, then turned officer-involved shooting.
Richard Ramos a husband and father of three, was one of the victims who died.
It happened around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday near Tropicana and Sandhill.
It all started when a man and woman were parked on the side of the highway near Tropicana and U.S. 95, appearing to be in distress.
A highway safety vehicle stopped to help, but the man pulled a gun and told the driver to take them to an address on the 3900 block of Autumn Street. At gunpoint, he complied. "We had a hostage situation right there," said Metro Police Captain Matt McCarthy.
The man and woman ran inside a home, taking the driver's cellphone with them. Police said inside, it got ugly. The suspects shot the man that lived in the house and stabbed a woman before they ran. Despite his gunshot wound, the man was able to call police before he died.
The suspects then fled the scene to another home on the 3900 block of Almondwood, where they conducted a second home invasion. By this time officers had arrived. "The K9 units and swat cars and helicopters, all of those things happening, it was kind of scary," said Emily Ogilvie, a witness.
Surrounded, the man and woman came out of the house, trying to trick the cops. The man held the gun to the woman's head, using it as a ruse. The woman took the chance to run but didn't get far before police caught up with her. The man fled back into the house where the violence continued.
The man living the home then came out of the house, screaming to police that the suspect inside had shot his girlfriend. Shortly after, the suspect emerged, holding hostage the woman he had just shot. As she collapsed to the ground, police shot and killed the suspect, bringing the whole thing to an even more bloody end.
Police don't know why the suspects apparently targeted those homes.
Right now, the woman from the first home invasion is in critical condition with stabbing wounds, and the woman from the second house is in critical condition, having been shot.
The female suspect is in police custody; Action News is awaiting her mugshot and some answers.