An accomplished Las Vegas investigative reporter was stabbed to death just outside his home — and area police are now hunting for his killer.
The stabbing of Jeff German, 69, was sparked by a fight with another person, police said. Officers found the Las Vegas Review-Journal journalist dead around 10:30 a.m. Saturday after responding to a 911 call.
The newspaper’s top editor said staff was “devastated to lose Jeff.”
“He was the gold standard of the news business,” said Executive Editor Glenn Cook in a statement.
“It’s hard to imagine what Las Vegas would be like today without his many years of shining a bright light on dark places.”
Police believe the deadly confrontation occurred the day before his body was found, the Las Vegas Journal-Review reported. The newspaper reported that a 911 caller said German’s body was found on the side of his home.
“We do have some leads,” said Capt. Dori Koren of the Las Vegas police. “We are pursuing a suspect but the suspect is outstanding.”
“LVMPD enacted its major case protocol Saturday in the homicide investigation,” the department said Sunday, according to the Review-Journal. “This brings together a variety of resources to maximize the investigative effort and apply a sense of urgency to the apprehension of the suspect.”
German’s reporting uncovered three decades of organized crime and political corruption, the newspaper said. But Cook noted German hadn’t told newsroom leaders he was concerned for his safety or that there were any threats against him.
He started at the Review-Journal in 2010 after leaving the Las Vegas Sun.
Part of his reporting focused on exclusives following the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting —the deadliest in American history — where 60 people were killed and hundreds more injured.
German was also the author of “Murder in Sin City: The Death of a Las Vegas Casino Boss,” a 2001 true-crime book about the death of Ted Binion, the heir of the Horseshoe Club Fortune.
With Post wires