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Las Vegas murder: Retired cop killed in random one-punch attack on the strip

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A retired cop vacationing in Las Vegas was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning on the strip when a man attacked him in a “single punch pre-dawn confrontation,” authorities said. 

Thomas Driscoll, 57, was walking across a street bridge around 4 a.m. with a female when Brandon Marcus Leath, 33, started shouting at them and following them. 

Leath waited for them at the bottom of an escalator then allegedly punched Driscoll, causing him to fall to the ground unconscious. 

Thomas Driscoll was a 22 year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. 

Thomas Driscoll was a 22 year veteran of the Connecticut State Police. 
(Connecticut State Police Museum)

Driscoll was pronounced dead at a Las Vegas hospital shortly after the attack with head and neck injuries. 

He worked for the Connecticut State Police for 22 years before retiring in 2009, spending most of his career on patrol in Hartford and North Canaan. 

“It saddens us to hear that he died after being assaulted,” a spokesperson for the Connecticut State Police told Fox News. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends. 

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Leath fled the scene but was apprehended by officers and is now facing a murder charge. 

Brandon Marcus Leath was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly killed Thomas Driscoll in Las Vegas Sunday morning. 

Brandon Marcus Leath was arrested and charged with murder after he allegedly killed Thomas Driscoll in Las Vegas Sunday morning. 
(Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department)

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Two Las Vegas men who knew Leath described him as a “ticking time bomb” to FOX5, saying that they tried to have him arrested multiple times. 

“He knocked me out so now I have to see a doctor about my possible concussion,” one of the men told the local news outlet. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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