Durham Assault Suspect Dies During Arrest
Posted March 14, 2002 2:56 a.m. EST
DURHAM, N.C. — The Durham Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation are trying to figure out how an assault suspect died in police custody.
Police were called to the Glenwood Mobile Home Park in Durham Monday afternoon.
Durham police, who were responding to a domestic violence call, said officers spoke to the female victim and a male suspect.
As the officers tried to arrest the man, he ran away and, after a brief foot chase and struggle, he collapsed.
"Somebody called the police, and he ran through here, and the police got him at the top by the mailboxes and handcuffed him. And as soon as they handcuffed him, he dropped dead," said neighbor Kenneth Underwood.
The suspect was taken to Duke Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Neighbors said that the couple had a history of domestic violence and had apparently been arguing for hours before police arrived.
Durham police officials have asked the SBI to conduct an investigation into the man's death. The Durham Police Department is also looking into the incident, as well as the domestic violence report.