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Woman Fatally Shoots Carjacker With His Own Gun

North Las Vegas, NV – A woman disarmed and fatally shot a carjacker after he and his accomplice pointed guns at her and her friend during an attempted robbery last month, according to police.

The incident occurred just east of Cheyenne High School, near West San Miguel Avenue and Coleman Street, on Nov. 19, KLAS reported.

A woman told investigators that she and a friend were planning to attend a party at a residence, but that they arrived too early for the gathering, according to KVVU.

They decided to park near the house to wait for a bit before heading inside.

Shortly after they parked, the woman said she noticed a car speeding towards them, KVVU reported.

The driver pulled in front of her car, blocking her vehicle in, and two masked men carrying guns jumped out, according to police.

The armed carjackers allegedly pointed their weapons at the women and yanked the car doors open while yelling at them to get out, KVVU reported.

One of the women told police everything happened too quickly for her to register what was going on, but that he recalled being pulled out of her car by her shirt.

The armed suspect jumped into her vehicle after yanking her out and tried to drive away, but he struggled to figure out the car’s push-button ignition, police said.

The woman said she told her friend to run just as the suspect placed the gun in his lap to figure out how to start the car, WVVU reported.

While the second suspect got into the passenger seat, the woman quickly reached down and grabbed the gun off of the first suspect’s lap and took off running, according to investigators.

The suspect allegedly tackled her from behind just seconds later, KVVU reported.

She told police she tried to get away, but that his hold on her was too tight.

She ultimately shot him with his own gun, according to police.

The woman ran to a nearby house and hid in a yard as the second armed suspect shot at her, KVVU reported.

She said she cleared a jam in the gun she stole from the suspect while she hid from his accomplice, and that she remained hidden until she heard police sirens.

Officers placed her in handcuffs but she was not arrested, KVVU reported.

Police said they located a deceased male wearing a black ski mask lying in the street.

He was bleeding from his head.

The deceased suspect was later identified as 18-year-old Devonte Madison, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

While reviewing security footage from the area, detectives repeatedly noticed a vehicle that appeared to be casing the neighborhood, KVVU reported.

Officers traced the suspicious vehicle back to 18-year-old Jaylin Morrison, who they said one of the dead suspect’s known associates.

They arrested him on Dec. 2, according to KLAS.

According to court documents, Morrison cased the victims before blocking their vehicle with his car, KVVU reported.

He then allegedly sent his two masked accomplices to go carry out the attempted carjacking, police said.

Police that the woman shot her attacker in self-defense and is not expected to be criminally charged, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

Police executed a search warrant on the car Morrison had allegedly been driving and found a gun and ammunition inside, according to KLAS.

They matched the shell casings found near the deceased suspect’s body, according to investigators.

Cell phone records also allegedly placed Morrison at the scene, KLAS reported.

Morrison has been charged with burglary with the use of a deadly weapon, attempted robbery with a deadly weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery, second-degree kidnapping, and attempted grand larceny of a vehicle, according to KVVU.

His next court hearing is scheduled to take place on Dec. 20, KATV reported.

Police are still searching for the third suspect, according to KVVU.

His identity was not immediately released.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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