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Child killed in automatic gate identified

NORTH LAS VEGAS -- Police say an 8-year-old boy has died after being crushed by a metal arm at the entrance of a gated community in North Las Vegas.

The child was identified Wednesday morning as Matthew Cattlet.

Emergency crews were called to the Village at Craig Ranch housing community at Goldfield Street and Newburg Avenue shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

North Las Vegas police spokeswoman Chrissie Coon said a teenager who witnessed the event called 911, reporting that the boy was stuck in the automatic gate and suffered a severe injury.

The boy has been known to play in a space in the gate that is 7 inches tall and nearly 3 feet wide. At the time, he was apparently crawling through it when another child on a bicycle approached the gate, triggering a motion sensor for the gate to move.

"This is such a tragic reminder to never let children play in or around automatic vehicular gates," Coon said.

North Las Vegas Police are investigating, but say it appears to be nothing more than a tragic accident.