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Arrest Related Deaths in Nevada, 2009-11

NCJ Number
Timothy C. Hart, Ph.D.; Kiera Flynn; Colleen Savage
Date Published
August 2012
5 pages
This State Data Brief presents details related to the arrests-related deaths that occurred in Nevada from 2009 through 2011.
Results find that from 2009 through 2011, Nevada's law enforcement agencies identified 33 individuals who died during the course of an arrest; arrest-related deaths in Nevada have increased more than 62 percent over the past 3 years; the majority of arrest-related deaths involved individuals who were male (94 percent) and who were White, non-Hispanic (42 percent); 39 percent of arrest-related deaths involved individuals who were between 36 and 50 years of age, which is greater than any other age group; 91 percent of incidents were classified by the reporting agency as a "homicide by law enforcement officer(s);" the most serious offense committed by decedents was attempted murder (24 percent), followed by assault with a deadly weapon (21percent); 82 percent of incidents involved an armed individual; and 46 percent of individuals who died during arrest resisted the arrest. This report includes information on when incidents occurred, demographic information of the suspects, the cause and manner of the reported deaths, the mental/physical condition of suspects at the time of the incidents, the locations of the deaths, and whether suspects were armed. 5 tables