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December 22, 2014

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Coroner IDs man who died after police used Taser

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The Clark County Coroner's Office has identified a man who died after Metro Police officers used a Taser to subdue him Saturday morning.

Anthony Jones, 44, of Las Vegas, died after being taken to Valley Hospital. The coroner hasn't determined the cause or manner of death.

Police said an officer performed a traffic stop at 1:07 a.m. Saturday near the 1000 block of West Lake Mead Boulevard, near Martin L. King Boulevard in west Las Vegas.

While the officer was speaking to Jones, who was the only occupant, he tried to flee on foot, police said. Jones ran north across Lake Mead and jumped over a wall into the backyard of an abandoned home in the 1000 block of Hart Avenue.

The officer followed Jones into the backyard as other officers arrived. The officers tried to take the man into custody, but he “aggressively resist(ed) the officers,” police said in a statement.

The officers used a Taser on Jones several times, police said. Jones was taken into custody and then officers noticed he was in medical distress. The officers rendered aid to Jones and summoned medical assistance, police said.

Jones was taken to Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead after arriving, police said.

The officers involved in the incident have been placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard procedure in such incidents. Police haven't said why the vehicle was stopped or why they believe Jones ran from the officer.

Anyone with information is being asked to call Metro’s Homicide Section at 828-3521 or contact Crime Stoppers at 385-5555 or crimestoppersofnv.com.

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  1. So much for tasers being safe.

  2. MG, one taser shock is relatively safe, depending on pre-existing conditions. Who knows how many times Metro had to taze this guy.

  3. You know when I was a kid, guns4hire, I swallowed the Liberal crap about blacks being the primary population in prisons and thought that was unjust. Then I was homeless in Las Vegas and saw how a great many blacks misbehaved, broke the law, used the word "N" every other word out of their mouths, and think it's a privilege only for them and not for others to use. (Not homeless blacks misbehaving, but blacks in the inner city. Most homeless blacks are well behaved and well liked by most.)

    The fact is since you bring up race, most of the criminals (but not all) are black and choose to misbehave and disrepect others, including other blacks. Blacks are also the ones who are racist and continue to their hatred.

    Many blacks are working hard to change that racism in their own community, but it is an uphill battle for them because of peer pressure, gang associations and others preaching racism to them.

    Now before you go calling me a racist, understand that many if not most of my friends are black, but everyone of them are good people, they behave, they respect others and they obey the law.

    Put your guns down, guns4hire, and pick up the Bible, you'll live longer, much longer!

    Metro was justified in their actions in this case.