Police say an inmate at the Clark County Detention Center died last week after he injured his head in a fall. But, the man’s family does not trust what authorities are saying happened and they are planning to file a wrongful death suit.
According to the Las Vegas Police, David Davell Reece, 36, injured his head on December 2nd after falling in his disciplinary isolation cell.
Reece, who refused to be housed with the other inmates, told correction officers that he fell off his bunk and hit his head, Las Vegas police Sgt. Russell Shoemaker, said. When officers spoke with Reece after the incident, he was very upset and officers had to restrain him while the nurse examined him.
Jail staff stitched up a wound above Reece’s eye and moved him to a medical isolation cell, said Shoemaker. Two days later, December 4th, a corrections offer on a routine tour of the cells saw Reece lying facedown inside his jail cell. He was bleeding from the same injury and there was a small puddle of blood on the ground, said Shoemaker. Authorities took Reece to University medical Center and he died on Wednesday, two days after being admitted.
The Clark County coroner’s office determined that Reece died from blunt-force trauma to the head from a fall and that the death was an accident.
Clark County Coroner Mike Murphy said Saturday that the death won’t be reviewed in a coroner’s inquest because it was determined through the investigation that Reece did not die at the hands of law enforcement.
But some members of Reece’s family, who came to Las Vegas from Los Angeles to claim Reece’s body, said they suspect wrongdoing by jail staff caused Reece’s death.
“It’s something that’s just not right, and they expect us to accept it,” said Monique Fordham, Reece’s cousin.
According to the family, Reece had been in the county jail since early July, after he was arrested in Las Vegas on a warrant. It wasn’t known what the warrant was for.