LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Assistant Sheriff Chris Jones discussed details of a Jan. 31 in-custody death that happened near Russell Road and S. Buffalo Drive. The news conference took place at LVMPD Headquarters.
Metro released body-camera video of the incident. Authorities say the man likely died from an overdose.
The man has been identified as 37-year-old David Baxtor.
The call initially came in as a call to help a suicidal person near Rainbow and Russell. Body-camera video shows Baxtor becoming agitated after officers arrived. Metro says he was in a state of “excited delirium,” common with drug use.
“If you look at policy, it describes what our officers are supposed to do during excited delirium, as well as the medical personnel were immediately there, at this point, we don’t believe the officer’s actions caused any part of it,” said Assistant Sheriff Chris Jones
Authorities say they were putting Baxter on the stretcher when they noticed he wasn’t breathing. The investigation is still ongoing while Metro Police await the report from the coroner.
Full news conference on February 3, 2020:
ORIGINAL STORY FROM TUESDAY, JAN. 28:
On Friday afternoon, Metro police were dispatched to a home on Hawk Shadow Avenue, near Russell and Buffalo, for the report of a man who ingested an “unknown narcotic.”
Officers say they made contact with a suicidal man who was not listening to the police. He was placed in handcuffs but stopped breathing as medical teams attempted to treat him. The man was taken to Spring Valley Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Metro Captain Nichole Splinter also described what happened in this statement.