Reno Man Who Died in Police Custody ID'ed

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

RENO, NV - The man who died in police custody following a domestic disturbance has been identitifed.

It happened Sunday at approximately 7:45 PM, officers from the Reno Police Department responded to 9801 Crystalline Drive on a report of a domestic disturbance.

Officers found 33-year-old Micah Abbey where he allegedly battered another person, made threats to harm others in the residence, and had armed himself with a fork.

Abbey actively resisted officers as they tried to arrest him and after a lengthy struggle, he was taken into custody.

Immediately after, officers were checking Abbey for injuries when they noticed he was not breathing. The officers and responding fire personnel attempted CPR, but they were unsuccessful.

Abbey was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three Reno Police Department officers have been placed on routine paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of an on-going investigation. According to officials, this is a routine and normal occurrence in any case involving an in-custody death.

Pursuant to an agreement between regional law enforcement agencies similar to that of an Officer Involved Shooting (OIS) Protocol, the in-custody death investigation will be conducted by multiple local law enforcement agencies, with the detectives from the Washoe County Sheriff's Office in the lead.

When the preliminary investigation is complete, it will be submitted to the District Attorney's Office for an initial determination as to whether the actions taken by the officers were justified under Nevada Law. If the actions initially appear to be justified, the officers can be returned to duty, pending the completion of the in-custody death investigation and a final determination as to justification.

The cause of death is still pending from the Medical Examiner - Coroner's Office.

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