A 43-year-old Nevada man suspected of stabbing a woman and himself in a Las Vegas apartment Tuesday stabbed himself to death after officers struck him with a patrol car and detained him, according to reports.
Dannon Bryant allegedly stabbed the woman and himself on the balcony of the apartment, leaped from the balcony, and fled onto Desert Inn Road, leaving the apartment in flames with the woman and a dog still inside and neighbors trying to rescue them, according to Assistant Sheriff Jamie Prosser on behalf of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD).
Officer James Burt and his colleague arrived in a patrol vehicle and found Bryant interrupting traffic by walking toward motorists still armed with a knife, per Prosser’s statement. Officer Burt then reportedly knocked Bryant to the ground with the vehicle. As Officer Burt and his colleague exited the vehicle and ordered Bryant to drop the knife, Bryant began stabbing himself again, and Officer Burt tased him, making it possible for other officers to remove the knife and arrest Bryant while requesting emergency medical support, the statement noted.
Bodycam footage obtained shows Bryant being knocked down and run over by the patrol vehicle. “Lock the door, I’m gonna hit him,” the officer who was driving could be heard saying. Bryant could be seen stabbing himself in the middle of the road and Officer Burt using his taser. The dog could also be heard howling in the burning apartment, the video showed. The footage shared by LVMPD, however, was “removed for violating YouTube’s terms of service.”
The officer was identified as 49-year-old James Burt.
Burt has been working with the LVMPD since 2006 and was assigned to the West Community Policing Division, Summerlin Area Command.
Police say Burt has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review of this incident.