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Las Vegas attorney kills 2, self in Summerlin law office shooting: sources

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April 08, 2024

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Three people are dead following a shooting Monday morning in a law office in a building near Red Rock resort in Summerlin, according to Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriff Kevin McMahill.

Sources told the 8 News Now Investigators that the victims are Las Vegas attorney Dennis Prince and his wife, Ashley Prince. Sources also identified the shooter as Las Vegas attorney Joe Houston.

The shooting happened in the Prince Law Group’s fifth-floor office during a deposition involving Prince’s wife and her ex-husband, whom sources identified as Houston’s son and whom he was also representing. Prince and his wife recently had a child together.

Records show Dylan Houston filed for divorce from then-named Ashley Houston in 2021.

Police received a call of a shooting shortly after 10 a.m. inside a business in the 10800 block of Charleston Boulevard near Pavilion Center Drive. McMahill said the victims were a man and a woman found in the office building. The third person, the suspect, a man is also dead. There was no ongoing threat to the public.

“The suspect was not killed by police. We believe he took his own life,” McMahill added.

Police were searching the suspected shooter’s car, which was parked in a garage on the property, McMahill said.

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Attorney Dennis Prince speaks with 8 News Now in a previous interview. (KLAS)

McMahill said the investigation was in its early stages and no motive was established yet. He said there were still employees being evacuated from the building hours after the shooting.

“As you can imagine we have a five or six-story building. We have people that are hunkered down following active shooter protocols. We’re going door by door and making sure everybody in there is OK and evacuating them,” McMahill said.

Prince’s former law partner, Robert Eglet, described Prince as a wonderful father to four children. He said his death was “not just a loss to his family, but also to the community.”

“We are deeply saddened by the devastating news of the passing of Dennis Prince, a distinguished attorney who was regarded as one of the finest in our state,” Prince’s friend Tom Letizia, a political consultant, said. “Dennis was not only a close friend of mine but also a respected figure within our legal community, whose absence has left us all in mourning. The news of this tragedy has profoundly shocked me and our entire community.”

Witnesses and other employees were taken to Red Rock Casino Resort where they were provided with assistance and victim services.

Charleston Boulevard was closed, in both directions, from Red Rock Drive past Pavilion Center Drive but reopened to traffic around 12:30 p.m. Police were asking the public to avoid the area due to the heavy police presence.

Those needing victim services can call 702-455-AIDE (2433).

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