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Updated: 7/24/2013 2:25 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3.com) -- The man who was shot by police Tuesday night after breaking into a home has died.

According to a Metro release, patrol officers responded at around 5 p.m. Tuesday to the 9000 block of Crystal Rock Circle to an in-progress burglary.

The homeowner said that he had come home and found an unknown man wearing only underwear and socks on his couch threatening to kill him. The homeowner then backed out of his home and called police.

Patrol officers arrived and contained the suspect inside of the home. Crisis Intervention Team officers began to talk to the suspect through a security door, but he would not comply with their requests to come out. Officers further observed that the suspect was armed with a knife and a hammer.

Metro Crisis Negotiators and SWAT officers responded to the scene. Negotiations continued for approximately two hours with no success. The suspect was unresponsive to any attempts to have him surrender peacefully. It was then decided that a SWAT entry was necessary to take him into custody.

SWAT officers entered the home and initially deployed several less-than-lethal tactics to bring him him into custody. The armed suspect was able to overcome all less lethal options and charged the SWAT officers with a knife and hammer. Two officers were forced to fire several rounds at the suspect, causing him to fall to the ground.

Officers then attempted to take him into custody and render aid. The suspect continued to fight, striking medical personnel with his fists. The suspect was then arrested and transported to UMC, where he succumbed to his injuries.

The identity of the suspect as well as the cause of death will be released by the Clark County coroner’s office.

Anyone with any information about this incident is urged to contact the LVMPD Homicide Section at (702) 828-3521 or, to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or at www.crimestoppersofnv.com.
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