By Associated Press - Friday, August 21, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Prosecutors have ruled that the May death of a man at the hands of his roommate, who used a wrestling move to subdue him, was a justified homicide.

The Douglas County Attorney’s Office ruled this week in the death of 42-year-old Calvin Strong, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Police were called to a home on May 29 and found Strong’s 39-year-old roommate holding him down with a wrestling move called a “half nelson.” Strong was unresponsive when police arrived, and he later died at a hospital.

Prosecutors said an investigation determined that Strong had kicked in his roommate’s bedroom door and assaulted him, and that the roommate acted in defense of his own life.

Police said multiple witnesses gave accounts of the incident that were consistent with the roommate’s. Strong also tested positive for multiple drugs, including PCP, the Douglas County Attorney’s Office said.

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