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Police: Vegas security guard punched casino employee to death

  • North Las Vegas police investigated a homicide and a related officer-involved shooting at the Silver Nugget Casino in North Las Vegas on May 19. Two North Las Vegas casino employees are dead after one killed the other and then was shot by a police officer responding to reports of the fatal fight, police said Thursday. (Brett Le Blanc/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

LAS VEGAS » New details are emerging about a casino security guard who was shot and killed by North Las Vegas police last week after officials say he pummeled a 64-year-old slot machine technician to death.

Officer Ann Cavaricci said today the technician, Edgardo Lavado Velasquez, didn’t put up a fight while the unarmed guard, Jeremias Cruz, dragged him by the neck through employee areas and then killed him with his fists early Thursday at the Silver Nugget casino.

Cavaricci says the 30-year-old Cruz had what she called a “chaotic episode,” and fought with another unarmed security guard who tried to pull him off Velasquez before police arrived.

That man suffered a hand injury.

Police say Cruz shook off the effects of a stun gun before he was shot by a patrol officer.

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