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Man dies in Metro custody after incident on Las Vegas Boulevard

Updated Sunday, May 14, 2017 | 1:04 p.m.

Metro Police are investigating the death of a man in police custody Sunday morning after an incident on the Las Vegas Strip.

According to Metro, uniformed officers had tried to stop the adult male early Sunday when the man ran away. As police gave chase on foot, Metro said, the man tried to enter a citizen's pickup truck, forcing officers to taze him.

Though the Taser had an immediate effect on the man, he was able to overcome it to continue fighting with officers, police said. As the altercation escalated, one officer struck the suspect with a closed fist multiple times before applying a neck restraint to control him, police said.

The man lost consciousness and was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The in-custody death is being reviewed by Metro’s Force Investigation Team & Critical Incident Review Team. Police said officers applied a department-approved technique called “lateral vascular neck restraint” to control the man.

The incident occurred shortly before 1 a.m. on private property at 3353 Las Vegas Boulevard South.

No other details, including information on the man, are available, police said.

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