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Homeless man dies in North Las Vegas fistfight

Updated March 15, 2019 - 6:27 pm

A fistfight Friday in North Las Vegas between two homeless men left one dead and the other in jail on a murder charge.

North Las Vegas police said the fight between a 23-year-old man and the suspect, 38-year-old Eddie Lee Jackson, broke out about 2 a.m. at Main Street and Owens Avenue, the same intersection where another homeless man was killed this week when he was struck by a vehicle. The area is known as the homeless corridor.

Police said Jackson was seen running north on Main Street after the victim had fallen to the ground but was immediately taken into custody.

He was taken to a hospital before being booked into the Las Vegas Detention Center on the murder charge. He also is accused of giving a false statement to obstruct a public officer, jail records show.

Detectives said they do not believe the killing to be a random act of violence, but the pair’s relationship was not clear. Witnesses also told police that Jackson is “mentally unstable,” according to North Las Vegas police spokesman Eric Leavitt.

The Clark County coroner’s office will identify the 23-year-old after his family has been notified of his death, which marked the 21st homicide in Clark County this year and the sixth investigated by North Las Vegas police, according to Las Vegas Review-Journal records.

Contact Rio Lacanlale at rlacanlale@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0381. Follow @riolacanlale on Twitter. Review-Journal writer Lukas Eggen contributed to this report.

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