Death investigation underway after man dies in police custody

Posted at 9:34 AM, Apr 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-18 10:40:47-04

A death investigation is underway after a man died in police custody after being arrested for possession of a controlled substance Sunday night.

Copperas Cove Police say they arrested Justin Smith-Washington in the 900 block of Mary Street without incident over the weekend.

At 9:19 p.m., Four minutes after being processed into jail, Smith-Washington was found to have vomited, was lethargic, and was going in and out of consciousness.

He was taken to a local hospital as EMS performed life-saving measures, but Smith-Washington was pronounced dead a short time later.

The Copperas Cove Criminal Investigations Division and Texas Rangers are investigating the incident.

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