Harrowing body cam video shows moment Las Vegas cops storm mobile home and shoot dead a man holding his MOTHER hostage

Harrowing body cam video shows moment Las Vegas cops storm mobile home and shoot dead a man holding his MOTHER hostage

August 14, 2020

NEWLY released bodycam footage shows the moments a SWAT team stormed a mobile home where where a man was holding his mother hostage.

Joshua Squires, 32, from Las Vegas, Nevada, was shot dead in front of his mom after brandishing what looked like a 9mm handgun at cops, prompting officers to fire 11 rounds at him.

Officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department approached Squires on Monday about two vehicle fires that had been set the night before.

What started out as an arson investigation quickly escalated after Squires took off running while pointing a weapon at officers.

An officer responds by letting off one round but misses the suspect.

Squires then jumps over a wall and barricades himself inside his mother’s mobile home with several family members inside.

Police said Squires let several other adult family members come out, but held his mom hostage and was threatening to start a fire.

After failed negotiations, SWAT went in.

Once officers stormed inside they found Squires still holding what looked like a handgun, which promoted officers to fire 11 rounds at the suspect, resulting in his death.

It wasn’t until after the shooting that LVMPD learned Squires was actually carrying a airsoft gun, with the orange tip filed off.

“It’s a challenge for officers because there you are in a life or death situation with the facts as you know them at the time, and I can tell you looking at those on a split second, I don’t know that you’d be able to tell the difference,” said LVMPD Assistant Sheriff Christopher Darcy.

“That’s not something any officer wants to bet his life on.”

Family members of Squires spoke to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, saying the 32-year-old was a paranoid schizophrenic who had struggled with substance abuse for years.

“He battled mental illness and addiction. He wasn’t a bad guy. He just got lost,” Samantha Squires, sister of Joshua, told the outlet.

The family said for years they tried to get him mental health assistance, but he refused.


Airsoft Gun

An airsoft gun is a replica weapon used in airsoft sports. They are a special type of low-power smooth-bore air guns designed to shoot non-metallic spherical projectiles often referred to as "BBs," which are typically made of plastic or biodegradable resin materials.

“We tried and tried and tried to help him. He just didn’t want it,” said Joshua’s mother, Toni Squires.

The mother said her son was diagnosed as a schizophrenic in his twenties, saying there were periods of time when he took medication and helped.

“He functioned. You could have a good conversation with him,” she told the outlet.

But when he was off his medication “he was not the same person” and that he would “talk to people in his head,” the mother said.

“I didn’t want him dead. He was my only son,” she said.

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