Man Dies After Struggle With Police On Christmas

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File photo of a cop car. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

File photo of a cop car. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Authorities say a man died Christmas night after scuffling with police who arrived on the scene in response to an emergency call regarding threatening behavior in a home.

Police say the man resisted arrest, leading to a “lengthy struggle.” Police detained the man, who was not identified, and in checking him for injuries after the incident realized that he wasn’t breathing.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reports ( that officers and firefighters tried to resuscitate the man, but were unsuccessful. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police were responding to a report of a man armed with a fork who had battered someone and threatened others in a home.

Three officers involved in the incident have been placed on routine, paid administrative leave, pending a sheriff’s office investigation, the newspaper reports.

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