Man dies shortly after being taken into police custody

Houston police are looking into what may have caused a man to die after being taken into custody in southeast Houston.

July 9, 2010 6:59:43 AM PDT
A man died just moments after he was handcuffed by officers trying to stop him from punching himself. It happened around 10:15pm on Telephone Road near South Wayside. Police say the man was seen darting around vehicles and trying to open car doors. Witnesses called officers in to take care of the situation.

"Officers were responding to a report that a man was running around the intersection chasing cars, punching himself, chasing a woman that got off the METRO bus," said Kese Smith with the Houston Police Department.

After putting the man in handcuffs, officers noticed he was in distress. They took off the cuffs and took him to the hospital where he later died. The cause of the death is under investigation.


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