In-custody death under investigation

- A man being held for resisting arrest later dies in HPD's central jail.

Houston police department spokesperson Kese Smith says that around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning a clerk at a west side convenience store expressed fear in the disruptive behaivor of a man inside the store.

Officers arrived on scene and attempted to detain the 33-year old man on a public intoxication charge, but he struggled with officers says Kese.

After charges of resisting arrest were filed on the man, he was transported to HPD central jail.

Kese says during the booking process, the man continued to be disruptive, to the point of punching walls.

Once the booking process was complete, the man was examined by medical staff, who cleared him to be placed into a jail cell.

According to police, because of the man's  disruptive behavior, he was placed in an isolation cell around 2:30 a.m. Sunday morning.

Kese says jail staff checked on the man every 15 minutes. The man was seen sitting on a bench drinking juice at one point.

According to officials, at 9 a.m. the unidentified male was seen lying down on the floor. Shortly before 9:30 a.m. during a cell check, he was found unresponsive.

Kese says HPD called for the on site medical team, who attempted to revive the man without success.

Officials are awaiting autopsy results to determine how the man died.

As is customary in HPD in custody death cases, this incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions, along with a separate parallel investigation by the Harris County District Attorney's Office.

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