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UPDATE: Man's death while in custody ruled accidental

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Posted at 12:11 PM, Mar 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 14:31:38-04

UPDATE MARCH 20: Roy Scott's death has been ruled as an accident by Clark County coroner. His cause of death was methamphetamine intoxication.

UPDATE: Metropolitan Police Department Deputy Chief Chris Jones briefed the media on an incident that involved the death of a 65-year-old suspect Roy Scott while in police custody from March 3.

Scott was taken into custody that day when officers were called to the 3600 block of El Conlon Avenue to investigate suspicious activity outside of an apartment.

The 65-year-old met authorities while armed with a pipe and a cell phone inside one of the apartments.

Once in handcuffs, Scott began to experience medical issues and was transported to Valley Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

Officers also noted that he might have been on some form of narcotic.

A search warrant of Scott's apartment turned up diabetic prescription medicine, a meth pipe, and charred tin foil, according to the LVMPD.

Both officers involved, Kyle Smith and Theodore Huntsman, have been on the force since 2017 and have been placed on administrative leave.

ORIGINAL STORY
An investigation is underway by Las Vegas police after man died in police custody.

On March 3 at approximately 3:09 a.m., Las Vegas police were dispatched to the 3600 block of El Conlon Avenue to investigate reports of three suspicious men outside of an apartment.

The caller stated one of the men was armed with a saw.

Police stated they arrived and did not observe any suspicious circumstances or people around the apartment.

Officers reportedly knocked on the caller’s door and shortly after, a man later identified as 65-year-old Roy Scott, walked outside holding a pipe and a cell phone.

Scott also had possession of a knife that he surrendered to officers.

Once in handcuffs, Scott began to experience medical issues and was transported to Valley Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

The cause and manner of death is unknown at this time.

That will be determined by the Clark County Coroner’s Office.