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Suspect dies in custody

SoVaNow.com / May 06, 2013
A man in South Boston Police custody died Saturday morning after being arrested in a disturbance at the Super 8 Motel.

The man was pronounced dead at Halifax Regional Hospital a short time after he was taken into custody by town police and transported to the Blue Ridge Regional Jail in Halifax. He was not a local resident, according to South Boston Police Captain B. K. Lovelace.

The man’s identity is being withheld by police pending notification of next of kin.

According to Lovelace, officers were called out at 4:28 a.m. on Saturday, May 4 to Super 8 Motel. The caller explained that the subject had done property damage there to the motel.

The officers initially transported the black male, thought to be in his mid 40s, to the local hospital for an evaluation. While at the hospital, the man became very combative and at that point Lovelace said he was placed under arrest.

Upon his arrival at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail, officers there observed that he was suffering from some type of medical emergency and rescue personnel were called. They transported the man back to Halifax Regional Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lovelace said yesterday that his department has called on the Virginia State Police to conduct an investigation into the incident.

“We’ve never before had any such thing happen to our department, and we want to be sure that we are following all the proper procedures in asking the State Police to investigate this man’s death,” he said.

Lovelace declined to identify the man although he has seen his driver’s license. “We cannot identify him until the next of kin is notified of his death,” he said late yesterday, noting that he is having difficulty locating family members.

“We have the address on his driver’s license and there are several addresses he has used at the motel,” Lovelace said, adding that he believed the man had been staying at the motel for some time.

However, he has been unable to confirm the man’s recent whereabouts while he awaits potential information from next-of-kin.

Asked if his officers saw any signs of injuries when they brought the man to the hospital, Lovelace did not answer the question directly, but said their reason for taking him in for consultation was due to his combative nature.



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