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The Man Who Has “mental Episode” Dies After Being Arrested By The Houston Police

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Police say an investigation is underway after a man having a “mental episode” died shortly after being detained by officers in Houston, Texas.

Investigators were headed to an address in the Shady Acres neighborhood after the man’s death in the early hours of Sunday morning, the Houston Police Department (HPD) tweeted.

The department said preliminary information about the incident suggested the man “lost consciousness” and was transported to hospital after being detained by officers.

“HPD investigators are headed to 1200 W 15 1/2 where a male is deceased after being detained by officers,” the tweet said. “Prelim info is officers responded to a scene of a man causing a disturbance & upon detaining him, he lost consciousness and was transported to a hospital.”

Lt. M Pavel, with the HPD Night Command, later told reporters that the deceased was a Hispanic male in his 50s, but didn’t confirm his identity.

Pavel told reporters that Houston police officers had been called to W 15 1/2 Street to a criminal mischief in progress shortly after midnight.

“Officers arrived at the scene and saw a Hispanic man in his 50s,” Pavel said.

“He was having a mental episode. They tried talking to him, he was not responding to their commands.”

Pavel said the man had fallen and injured himself shortly before officers detained him. “He actually tripped and fell into a drainage by himself, he got up from the drainage,” he said.

“Officers were able to take him into custody then… because of the cuts and bruises he received while falling into the drainage, they called EMS.”

Pavel said while waiting for paramedics to arrive, officers had sat the man down on the sidewalk.

“While being on the sidewalk, he became limp,” Pavel said. “EMS showed up and immediately started doing CPR, then they transported him to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.”

No other details were immediately released, but Pavel said homicide detectives will conduct a full investigation into the incident, including looking at the body camera footage of the officers who responded.

He said he was not sure what prompted the incident, but said it was possible the man may have sustained injuries before his encounter with police.

He also told reporters that alcohol or narcotics may have been a factor in the incident and that the medical examiner’s office would conduct an autopsy, including a toxicology report.

Newsweek has contacted the Houston Police Department for additional comment.

Stock photo. People and a police car are seen in front of a mural of George Floyd in Houston, Texas on June 8, 2020.
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