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Deputy Chief Chris Jones Discusses March 3, 2019 In Custody Death

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Deputy Chief Chris Jones met with members of the media today to discuss the in-custody death that occurred on March 3, 2019. At approximately 3:09 a.m., LVMPD patrol officers were dispatched to an apartment complex located at 3601 El Conlon Avenue to investigate a report of three suspicious men outside of an apartment. The caller, later identified as 65-year-old Roy Scott, reported that one of the men was armed with a saw.

Patrol officers arrived and did not observe any suspicious persons or circumstances near the apartment. The officers attempted to contact Scott and knocked on his door. Shortly after, Scott exited the apartment with a pipe in one hand and a cell phone in the other. Scott was ordered to put the pipe down and he complied. As officers talked to Scott, he retrieved a knife that was concealed in his pocket and handed it to one of the officers.

Concerned that Scott may have other weapons, the officers attempted to do a pat down. Scott began to physically pull away and was escorted to the ground by officers. Scott continued to be physically resistant for several minutes before he could be handcuffed. Scott’s breathing began to slow and he was showing signs of a phenomenon known as Excited Delirium. Excited Delirium, also known as agitated delirium, is a condition that presents with psychomotor agitation, delirium, and sweating. It may include attempts at violence, unexpected strength, and very high body temperature. Scott was placed in the recovery position until medical arrived. He was to Valley Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

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