93-Year-Old Man Shot Apartment Manager Because He Was Upset About Water Damage in His Home, Police Say

An elderly man was arrested after he shot a manager at his apartment complex in Las Vegas because he was upset about the flooding and water damage to his home, authorities said.

Robert Thomas, 93, was taken into custody and charged after the incident on January 2, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said in a news release.

Police responded to the Vista Del Valle apartment complex in West Viking Road after receiving a call about a man armed with a handgun at around 9.10 a.m.

Thomas had gone to the complex's management office that morning and began making threats because he was upset about the water damage and flooding in his apartment, Assistant Sheriff Brett Zimmerman said at a news conference on Monday.

Surveillance footage released by the police department shows Thomas approaching two employees—a man and a woman—inside the management office.

He is seen pulling a gun out of his jacket and firing a round that missed an employee, but hit a computer screen, according to police.

Zimmerman said the female worker convinced Thomas to let her leave and he then shot the man. The victim, who was seated, is seen in the surveillance footage crumpling to the floor after being shot at point-blank range.

As the victim lay on the ground in pain, Zimmerman said Thomas fired a second round at the man's leg.

Moments later, a responding police officer is seen firing a shot through the office's glass door, shattering the glass and pinning Thomas down on the ground.

Police said the responding officers heard a shot being fired as they approached the management office and Officer Ronald Hornyak and his partner saw Thomas armed with a handgun and standing over the injured man.

Hornyak ordered Thomas to drop his weapon and fired one round through a glass door. The bullet struck the lapel of Thomas's jacket but didn't strike him, Zimmerman said. Thomas then complied and put his gun down on a desk. He was taken into custody without further incident, police said.

"Shots still being fired. We got to make entry," Hornyak is heard saying on body camera footage as he runs towards the office. "Drop the gun," Hornyak yelled just before firing a round through the door.

The injured employee, who was not identified, sustained two gunshot wounds and was taken to UMC Trauma. His injuries were not life-threatening, police said.

Police added that Thomas wasn't injured by the round fired by Hornyak, but received a "small" cut to his head while he was being handcuffed. He was taken to UMC Trauma where he was treated for the cut and released, police said.

He was then booked into jail and charged with attempted murder with a deadly weapon, kidnap with a deadly weapon, discharge of a firearm within a structure, burglary with a firearm and carrying a concealed weapon.

Thomas is been held at Clark County Detention Center with bond set at $25,000, online records show. He is due to appear in court on January 22.

At Monday's news conference, Zimmerman said Hornyak has been placed on routine paid administrative leave pending the outcome of a review into the shooting. He has been employed with the LVMPD since 2004.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing, police said.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact the LVMPD Force Investigation Team at 702-828-8452. To remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 702-385-5555, or at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.

Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas, 93, has been charged after he allegedly shot an apartment manager twice because he was upset about the water damage in his apartment. LVMPD