weather icon Clear

Man faces attempted murder after shooting at Pahrump homeless camp

A Pahrump man is facing attempted murder along with additional charges following a shooting at a local homeless camp.

Nye County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of a weapons offense in the area of the Best Western Motel at 1101 South Highway 160, at approximately 2 p.m. on Sept. 18.

The reporting party told 911 dispatchers that somebody was shooting at him and also provided a description of a male wearing a checkered long-sleeved shirt and a hat, according to a sheriff’s office report.

Suspect found

At approximately 2:09 p.m. deputies located a man matching the description near Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza at 2060 East Mt. Charleston Park Ave., according to deputy Daniel Fischer, who reported that the man had a gun in his left hand.

“I arrived on scene at the Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza where I observed a male detained on the sidewalk, and near him, I observed a black pistol with a round in the chamber and the hammer in the cocked position that would indicate that it was fired and cycled through the action,” Fischer’s report stated. “Two pistol magazines, a knife and a backpack were also secured. The male was identified as Brandon Perry.”

Victim arrives on scene

At approximately 2:12 p.m. another man arrived on scene and said he was the one who called 911 to report the shooting, according to the report. The man was reportedly able to identify the suspect detained as his shooter.

“The reporting party described standing in the doorway of his RV located in the homeless camp just northeast of Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza and within the view of where Perry was located,” Fischer’s report noted. “The reporting party stated he heard something hit his RV and when he turned around he observed Perry standing approximately 20 yards away from him, lowering a handgun.”

Additionally, the reporting party stated that Perry said something to him, but he could not understand what was said because of his bad hearing.

Alleged kidnapping

The report went on to state that Perry began to walk away, but stopped and again pointed the gun at the reporting party before continuing westbound toward the Pahrump Valley Auto Plaza.

Having waived his Miranda rights, Fischer’s report stated that Perry shot at the man who he believed had kidnapped his girlfriend and then advised deputies that the man had previously threatened to kill him, and wanted to kill him first.

Admitted to gun charges

“I asked Perry if he stopped and pointed the gun at the man again after shooting at him,” according to the report. “Perry stated that he did point the gun at the man a second time.”

As Perry was being taken into custody, a search revealed a single pistol and his right back pocket and a broken glass pipe that was identified by Perry as a pipe he used to ingest methamphetamine.

Acknowledged using drugs

“Perry, while exhibiting signs and symptoms of methamphetamine use, advised that he had ingested methamphetamine earlier in the morning,” according to the report. “Perry exhibited erratic behavior, erratic speech, and had what appeared to be bruxism (a medical condition that causes some to grind or clench their teeth). I relocated to the initial scene in the homeless camp and I observed what appeared to be a single bullet hole in his RV.”

Following the initial investigation, Perry was arrested and transported to the Nye County Detention Center.

He faces an attempted murder charge, assault with a deadly weapon and being under the influence of a controlled substance.

Bail amount was set at $95,000.

Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at sharris@pvtimes.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
More fire hydrants installed in Central Pahrump

The hydrants will help with fire protection in the area, and should give homeowners there a break on their fire insurance rates.

More roads reopen in Death Valley

Roughly four months after severe summer storms, additional roadways in Death Valley National Park are finally reopening.

Like Santa? Like Cookies? This PDOP event is for you

Pahrump Disability Outreach Program will be helping families get into the holiday spirit with an all-new, free community event: Cookies with Santa.

Man tried to carjack driver with knife: NCSO

A Pahrump man was arrested Sunday morning after he allegedly tried to stab a motorist with a knife on Highway 160 near McDonald’s, according to reports from the Nye County Sheriff’s Office.

VEA and CoBank donate $20k to these nonprofits

In the true giving spirit of the holidays, Valley Electric Association and CoBank are spreading the love this season with $20,000 in donations making their way into the coffers of three area nonprofits, bolstering each of the organization’s community-oriented efforts.

Want to see the Silver Tappers Christmas show? There’s a waitlist

The Nevada Silver Tappers and Ms. Senior Golden Years will host their 32nd Annual Christmas Benefit Show and members are excited to report that tickets are in such high demand, “There’s actually a waiting list!”

Holiday fundraiser will help kids get a good night’s sleep

The holiday season is officially underway so it’s a great time for residents to think about how they can help make a difference in the lives of others. One simple way to do just that is attending the 2nd Annual Nye County Sleep in Heavenly Peace Holiday Fundraiser, proceeds from which will go directly to providing beds to children in need.