LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — SWAT units called to a barricade situation at a home near El Capitan and Twain Avenue on Thursday found a suspect dead inside. Police said it appears that the male suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Metro Police had been negotiating with a suspect following reported threats. A male suspect had said he had taken drugs and wanted to kill people.
Police said they responded to a call just before 11:30 a.m. in the 9000 block of Debonair Court.
The suspect has apparently been texting with people away from the scene, and police are investigating.
Metro is classifying the incident as an in-custody death because the suspect was in contact with police at the time of his death.
Metro clarified the conditions used to determine whether the death took place in police custody, saying that any of the following circumstances apply:
- A person who is under arrest.
- Person who is an inmate housed at CCDC, North Valley Complex, medical facility or monitored electronically.
- Has been contacted or detained by officers and during the contact the death occurs (i.e., vehicle or pedestrian stop, a person commits suicide when officers are in close proximity or have the person contained).