A Las Vegas police officer was arrested after barricading himself in his home Wednesday evening, prompting a 2 hour standoff with police and SWAT.
A grand jury returned indictments on Wednesday on Officer Bret Theil, 38, for six counts of first-degree kidnapping of a minor, five counts of lewdness with a child under the age of 14, six counts of sexual assault with a minor under 14 years, four counts of sexual assault with a minor under sixteen years, four counts of sexual assault, and two counts of child abuse, neglect or endangerment.
A police spokesperson confirmed Theil was to be relieved of duty without pay.
Police responded to a report of a suicidal person at 7:30 p.m. in the area of Corn Creek Road and U.S. 95. Police initially said the person may be wanted in connection with a case under investigation by North Las Vegas police, reported KVVU.
The standoff ended around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, police said. Theil was taken into custody and booked into the Las Vegas Detention Center, with bail being set at $1 million.
Phil Ramos, a retired metro homicide detective, said SWAT teams need to be more careful when dealing with officers in situations such as Theil’s.
“The officers know that they’re in a whole lot of trouble. At the very least, their career is over. They’ve brought shame to themselves. To their family. To their coworkers. To the department in general. “There’s a level of desperation you might see with officers in that situation that you wouldn’t see with other people in general because they know what they’re facing … And cops don’t do well in prison.”
Theil had been a Las Vegas Metro officer since August 1998.