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Florence hospital patient dies while in police custody

Detectives with the Lane County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a man while he was in police custody at the hospital.

Posted: Oct 17, 2017 6:10 AM
Updated: Oct 17, 2017 6:10 AM

FLORENCE, Ore. - Detectives with the Lane County Sheriff's Office are investigating the death of a person while they were in police custody at the hospital.

Investigators said the Florence Police Department received a complaint from Peace Harbor Hospital on Friday about a person who was being disruptive and refusing to leave the hospital. They said the person had been discharged earlier in the day from the hospital.

When officers arrived, they said they tried to convince the person to leave, but they refused to do so and continued being disruptive.

Police said they eventually detained the person and became concerned with their health. They asked medical personnel to evaluate the person. Medical personnel began assessing their condition again and determined that they needed additional medical care.

They said the individual's medical condition deteriorated rapidly and medical personnel spent a significant amount of time providing lifesaving efforts before they were pronounced dead in the hospital.

The names of those involved have not been released. LCSO is being investigated as an in-custody death.

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