Man, 36, stops breathing, dies in police custody

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A 36-year-old man died in police custody after he stopped breathing at the Clark County Detention Center Sunday night.

Metro Police Assistant Sheriff Charles Hank released details Wednesday of the death of Nicholas Farah who was under arrest for trespassing, obstructing a police officer and resisting arrest. 

The incident began when police were called to respond to the La Quinta Inn in the 4900 block of S. Valley View Boulevard around 8:14 p.m. 

According to Hank, employees reported Farah was in hanging out in the business and “acting strangely.” They said he called for cabs and then refused service.

Police said they warned him to leave but arrested him when he didn’t.

Hank said Farah “began resisting and became agitated” when officers took him into custody. The officers called for a Code 5 which alerts the detention center a combative person is being brought in. The Code 5 also results in cameras being activated at the center and requires additional staff to meet and help the officers.

Video was shown at the news briefing of Farah’s arrest and then arrival to the detention center.

Farah was placed in a restraint chair when he became uncooperative with officers, Hank said.

“The officers held Farah in the chair with his head between his legs with his arms stretched up and behind him to adjust the handcuffs to fit Farah’s arms into the cutout in the chair,” Hank said. “After being held in this position for approximately 75 seconds, Farah appeared to stop breathing.”

EMT personal on scene attempted to render aid and an ambulance transported Farah to University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:59 p.m.

According to Hank, Farah was a convicted felon on charges including possession of LSD, theft, resisiting a police officer, probation violation and domestic violence. He had numerous drug arrests in the past. A coroner’s report will determine if there were any drugs in his system at the time of the arrest.

Two corrections officer and two corrections sergeants are on paid administrative while the death is being investigated.

(WATCH: Police news briefing)

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