Criminal mischief suspect dies in HPD custody in the Heights

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Sunday, December 6, 2020
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It began with a criminal mischief call involving a man in his 50s Sunday morning on West 15 1/2 Street.

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A criminal mischief call early Sunday ended with the suspect dying while in police custody, according to Houston police.

It happened around midnight at a home on West 15 1/2 Street in The Heights.

A man in his 50s was having a mental episode and wasn't complying with officers' commands, HPD Lt. Emanuel Pavel said. The man fell into a drainage ditch while officers were talking to him.

Police called paramedics to the scene, and the man lost consciousness.

Medics attempted to perform CPR, but the man died at a hospital. An autopsy will be performed to pinpoint the cause of death.