News Release

Henderson Police Investigate Shooting Resulting in Death

December 12, 2019

Henderson, Nev. – On December 12, at approximately 12:50 a.m., the City of Henderson Police Department responded to the 1600 block of W. Sunset Road in reference to multiple callers advising of hearing gun shots in the area.

Preliminary investigation indicates that upon police arrival, officers located two 17-year-old juveniles to the rear of a commercial property on W. Sunset Road. One juvenile had no injuries and the other was deceased with an apparent gunshot wound.

Additionally, officers spoke with 44-year-old Edward Croaker, who had called police advising he had observed two males shooting at the rear of his residence on the 1600 block of Meadow Bluffs. Croaker obtained his own gun and returned fire, believing he had struck one of the subjects.

During contact with the uninjured juvenile, it was learned that both juveniles had been discharging a firearm. The firearm was recovered at the scene and had been reported stolen to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.

As a result of the investigation, Edward Croaker was booked into the Henderson Detention Center for one count of Open Murder.  His booking photo is attached.

Charges are pending for the other juvenile.

The name of the decedent will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s Office pending notification of next of kin.

As this is an open investigation, no further details will be released at this time.

This is being investigated as the tenth homicide for the City of Henderson for 2019.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at 702-267-4911, 3-1-1, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555 or visit Crime Stoppers website. Tips directly leading to a felony arrest or an indictment processed through Crime Stoppers may result in a cash reward.

Please contact Officer Rod Peña, Public Information Officer at 702-267-4509

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