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Transient man’s death remains under investigation

The death of a man who was detained in Heavenly Village on New Year's Eve remains under investigation.

Police were first notified of a transient man acting erratically around 6 p.m. Dec. 31. According to South Lake Tahoe Police Lt. Shannon Laney, the 46-year-old man had been kicked out of the Marriott. He continued causing a disturbance by the fountain in Heavenly Village.

Contracted security on site detained the man in handcuffs.

The man — whose name was withheld — was known to law enforcement, according to Laney. His previous listed addresses included Oceanside, California and Palm Beach, Florida.

When the first police officer arrived on scene, he immediately realized the man had stopped breathing. The officer began life-saving resuscitation measures and paramedics were called.

The man was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital and then flown to Renown in Reno, where he died on Jan. 9.

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Laney would not say whether or not the security personnel who detained the man were suspected of wrongdoing. The direction of the investigation, he stated, will likely depend on the results of a toxicology report.

The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner confirmed on Friday it has completed the autopsy and is awaiting the toxicology results. A person with the examiner's office could not say when those results might become available.