LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner identified Fred Brown, 34, as the man shot and killed by North Las Vegas Police on April 23. The death was ruled a homicide, caused by multiple gunshot wounds.
Officers shot Brown after responding to a domestic violence call. He later died at a hospital.
Brown tried to choke one officer after a confrontation inside a residence in the 700 block of Nelson Avenue, near the intersection of Carey Avenue and North 5th Street. Officers were accompanying a woman to the apartment after she insisted on going back to get her phone and a shoe, according to a news release.
Officers indicated Nelson started to fight with officers when they told him they had grounds to arrest him.
“During the altercation, the suspect grabbed one officer from behind and put him in a chokehold,” the news release said. “The fight continued until the officer broke free from the suspect and drew and fired his handgun at him. The suspect was struck in the chest, and officers immediately began life saving efforts.”
The woman had called police after leaving the apartment earlier, reporting that she had been assaulted by her boyfriend. She went to a convenience store, where she called police.
Officers had tried to talk the woman out of going back, but she would not comply and the officers went with her to be sure she would be safe.
An earlier report indicated the officer involved in the shooting was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
The woman who reported the assault have not been identified.