Saturday, Dec. 11, 2010 | 10:25 a.m.
A man died Saturday morning after being arrested by Metro Police officers, who used an electronic control device to subdue the suspect, police said.
Police said an officer performed a traffic stop at 1:07 a.m. near the 1000 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard, near Martin L. King Boulevard in west Las Vegas.
While the officer was speaking to the vehicle’s driver, who was the only occupant, the driver tried to flee on foot.
The driver ran north across Lake Mead and jumped over a wall into the backyard of an abandoned residence in the 1000 block of Hart Avenue.
The officer followed the suspect into the backyard as other officers arrived. The officers attempted to take the suspect into custody, but he “aggressively resist(ed) the officers,” police said in a statement.
The officers used an electronic device on the suspect several times, police said.
The suspect was taken into custody and then officers noticed the man was in medical distress. The officers rendered aid to the suspect and summoned medical assistance, police said.
The suspect was transported to Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after arriving, police said.
The suspect’s identity and cause of death will be released later by the Clark County Coroner’s office.
The officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave. Their identity will be released 48 hours after the incident, per department policy.
Police did not release any details as to why the suspect’s vehicle was stopped or why they believe the man ran from the officer.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Metro’s Homicide Section at 828-3521 or Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or at crimestoppersofnv.com.