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Woman arrested in southwest valley homicide

Mary Pitrello was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Detention on murder charges. (Metro Police)
Mary Pitrello was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Detention on murder charges. (Metro Police)
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Updated: 9/13/2013 7:05 pm
LAS VEGAS -- Metro patrol officers were sent to an apartment complex located in the 9000 block of West Warm Springs Road to investigate reports of gunfire at 9:20 p.m. on Thursday.

Arriving officers discovered a male deceased from an apparent gunshot wound inside of an apartment at that location.

Officers learned that prior to their arrival two females were seen walking away from the apartment, entering a white Volkswagen Passat, and leaving the area. Witnesses also stated one of the females was carrying what appeared to be a shotgun.

The preliminary investigation by Homicide Detectives determined the victim and a female roommate had been involved in a verbal altercation earlier in the day.

Following the altercation the victim had entered his bedroom and closed the door while speaking on the telephone to another individual.

During that time the roommate, later identified as Mary Pitrello, 26, of Las Vegas, recovered a shotgun from her bedroom and fired one round through the victims closed bedroom door, striking and killing him. Pitrello and a second female who was visiting her then fled the area in the victims vehicle.

As Homicide Detectives were beginning their investigation into this incident the LVMPD Dispatch Center received additional information indicating Pitrello and the second female were currently in a business in the 2000 block of Las Vegas Boulevard.

Responding officers located both individuals along with the vehicle, which contained the shotgun.

Mary Pitrello was taken into custody and booked into the Clark County Detention Center on charges of first degree murder with a deadly weapon, robbery with a deadly weapon, and assault with a deadly weapon.

At this time no charges are anticipated to be filed against the second female who is co-operating with investigators.

The identity of the deceased and the exact cause and manner of death will be released by the Clark County Coroner’s office.
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