Female ice cream truck driver killed by Henderson police
February 13, 2008
LAS VEGAS ” Henderson police say officers trying to issue a speeding ticket shot and killed a 42-year-old woman who they say took a knife from her ice cream truck and made threatening moves.
The woman has been identified as Deshira Selimaj. She died at St. Rose-Siena hospital after the Tuesday afternoon shooting near Sunridge Heights and Pecos Ridge parkways.
Police spokesman Todd Rasmussen says a confrontation ensued after the woman’s husband, 65-year-old Zyber Selimaj, was stopped in another ice cream truck.
The woman arrived with her 7- and 11-year-old sons, and police say she wielded a knife and at one point used one of the children as a shield.
Police tried to stun the woman with a Taser but failed. When she made an aggressive move, an officer shot her.
The husband was arrested and is in the Henderson city jail.
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The children are at Child Haven.
The officer has been put on paid administrative leave while department officials investigate.