UPDATE: Death of man killed during attempted home invasion in North Las Vegas ruled a homicide

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NORTH LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — The Clark County Coroner ruled the death of Robert Lee Austin, 55, the victim of an alleged attempted home invasion in North Las Vegas on Dec. 4, a homicide. The cause of death was cardiopulmonary arrest during civilian restraint.

Police are also looking for a man who they say was involved in the incident. According to North Las Vegas Police, the man police are looking for is the second suspect in the alleged crime.

Law enforcement’s preliminary investigation revealed on Dec. 4, at about 9:00 a.m., officers were dispatched to an apartment complex, located in the 1200 block of West Alexander Road, in reference to a report of a fight between two men; one was said to have a handgun. 

When officers arrived at the scene, they found Austin lying outside an apartment, not breathing. Medical personnel arrived and pronounced him dead.

The investigation indicated the victim and his wife were inside their apartment when they heard a knock at the door. Austin’s wife answered the door and saw the suspect holding a handgun. 

The suspect pushed his way into the apartment and struggled with Austin. He eventually pulled the suspect outside. As they were struggling, a second suspect appeared and started firing at Austin. 

The second suspect left the area in a silver 2007-2009 Lexus sedan.

The second suspect was described as a black male, large build, wearing a grey sweater, blue jeans, and a black beanie cap. 

Anyone with information, in this case, is urged to call the North Las Vegas Police Department at 702-633-9111 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 702-385-5555.

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