LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas investigative reporter was stabbed to death outside his home and police are searching for a suspect, authorities said.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police officers found journalist Jeff German stabbed to death around 10:30 a.m. Saturday after authorities received a 911 call, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
It appears the 69-year-old German had an altercation with another person that led to the knife attack, believed to be an isolated incident, police said.
“We believe the altercation took place outside the home,” Capt. Dori Koren, spokeswoman for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, said at a news conference. “We have leads. We’re chasing a suspect, but the suspect is exceptional.
Glenn Cook, editor of the Review-Journal, said German did not communicate any concerns about his personal safety or any threats against him to anyone in the newspaper’s management.
“The Review-Journal family is devastated to lose Jeff,” Cook said in a statement. “He was the gold standard of the news industry. It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without his many years of lighting up dark places.
German joined the Review-Journal in 2010 after more than two decades at the Las Vegas Sun, where he was a columnist and reporter covering the courts, politics, labor, government and organized crime.
He was known for his stories of government misdeeds and political scandals and his coverage of the 2017 mass shooting at a Las Vegas music festival that killed 60 people and injured more than 400 others.
According to the Review-Journal, German had a master’s degree from Marquette University and was the author of the 2001 true-crime book “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss,” the story of the death of Ted Binion, heir to the Horseshoe Club fortune.