Man Dies in LPD Custody

By: Nick LaFave
By: Nick LaFave

THE MAN WAS BEING RELEASED FROM THE INGHAM COUNTY JAIL WHEN SHERIFF'S DEPUTIES REALIZED HE WAS WANTED BY THE POLICE FOR FAILURE TO APPEAR BEFORE A JUDGE ON CHARGES THAT INLCLUDED DRIVING WITHOUT A LICENSE.

Lt. Judy Horning, Lansing Police Department - They did a lein on him and told us to come a get him

THE MAN WAS BEING BROUGHT TO THE LANSING POLICE DETENTION CENTER TO FACE A DISTRICT JUDGE... INSTEAD OF THAT COURT DATE, HE BECAME THE FIRST INMATE TO DIE IN LANSING POLICE CUSTODY IN MORE THAN A DECADE

The last time an inmate died in LPD custody... 1996. But, unlike that situation, this man was in no way being physically restrained by an officer.

IMMEDIATELY AFTER ARRIVING AT THE LANSING POLICE DETENTION CENTER... IT BECAME OBVIOUS SOMETHING WAS REALLY WRONG.

Horning - He asked for his inhaler, we gave it to him, then we called LFD

LITTLE MORE THAN NINE HOURS LATER... ABOUT 3-30 A-M THURDAY, HE WAS PRONOUNCED DEAD AT SPARROW HOSPITAL. AN INVESTIGATION IS UNDERWAY INTO THE CAUSE OF THE MAN'S DEATH... BUT, ARE NOT LOOKING AT ANY OFFICERS FOR MISCONDUCT

Horning - Oh, no.. they acted very appropiately in this situation.


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