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Las Vegas man's in-custody death ruled homicide by coroner

Posted at 8:56 AM, Oct 17, 2019
and last updated 2021-07-16 03:00:58-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The September death of a man in police custody has been ruled a homicide.

The Clark County coroner says that Byron Lee Williams died from methamphetamine intoxication, with other significant conditions including hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, pulmonary fibrosis, granulomatous lung disease, and prone restraint.

His death was ruled a homicide because the actions of another person or other people resulted in or contributed to his death, according to Clark County coroner John Fudenberg.

Williams died on Sept. 5 after an encounter with Las Vegas police.

Previously-released body camera footage showed Williams yelling "I can't breathe" during the encounter.

Police officers Benjamin Vasquez and Patrick Campbell were driving near Martin Luther King Boulevard and West Bonanza Road when they saw Williams riding a bike without lights.

They caught up with him in a nearby apartment complex, where they were joined by other police officers.

During the encounter, drugs fell out of Williams' pockets.

Those drugs were later determined to be meth and hydrocodone.

After Williams was taken to the officer's patrol car, their body cameras were turned off for almost 15 minutes.

Williams' family has been demanding to know exactly what happened, especially during that time period, since Williams died.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department says they will not be providing any additional comments regarding the coroner's report.