LAS VEGAS, Nev. (702 Times, NV Globe) — A Las Vegas man accused of shooting and murdering a man in August reportedly did so because the guy was threatening his mother, according to police.
Deangelo Gray, 32, is accused of murder in the death of Dwayne Thomas.
Officers responded to reports of a man shot on the sidewalk near Sierra Vista Drive and Wilson Square on August 28 just before 11 p.m.
Thomas was discovered with many apparent gunshot wounds and was transferred to the hospital, where he died.
Thomas had a relationship with Gray’s mother, according to police. The mother discovered fire damage to her apartment door at 8:30 a.m. on the morning of the incident. According to an arrest report, she felt Thomas perpetrated the arson because he had been threatening her and said he was going to murder her.
Two hours later, the mother confronted Thomas, who denied setting fire to her front door. After the fight, she attempted to leave his house when he grabbed her by the throat, threatened to murder her, slammed her to the ground, and told her, “you don’t know who you’re f—ing with,” according to the complaint.
She reported the incident to police, and a domestic violence report was made, but Thomas was not arrested. According to the report, officers stated that there were no “observable physical indicators” of the abuse and that there were no witnesses.
She asked Gray to bring a fire extinguisher to her house about midday after the event because she was terrified, and Gray stayed with her for several hours before departing, according to the report.
According to the report, Thomas was found shot later that night, and a witness observed a guy flee the scene carrying what seemed to be a sawed-off shotgun.
Gray’s mother told police the day after the shooting that Thomas was highly jealous and abusive towards her during their relationship, and that this continued even after they were separated for some time. According to the report, she informed them that on Aug. 27, Thomas set fire to her sister’s car, called her, and threatened to kill her.
Gray, according to police, made contradictory allegations during an interrogation on September 1. According to the article, they also discovered text exchanges indicating Gray planned to confront Thomas the night of the incident.
On September 14, a warrant for Gray’s arrest was issued. On October 26, he was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.
On November 15, he is expected to appear in court for a preliminary hearing.
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