Police: Man who died after struggle with Temple police officers identified

Posted at 3:59 AM, Sep 29, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-29 19:47:33-04

The Temple Police Department and the Texas Rangers are conducting an investigation after a man died following a struggle with police officers.

At about 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Temple police officers were called out to Wayman Manor Apartments on East Avenue K in reference to a disturbance.

When officers arrived, they spoke to the man, identified as Stephen Gayle, 40, who they believed to be causing the disturbance, Temple Police Department spokesperson Shawana Neely said.

Gayle was uncooperative and appeared to be under the influence of a substance, Neely said. Police did not specify what substance.

The officers tried to detain Gayle, Neely said, but he resisted and struggled with the officers.

"During the struggle, the subject started showing signs of medical distress at which time EMS was immediately summoned to the scene," Neely said.

EMS took the man to Scott & White Medical Center Temple, where he later died, she said.

Temple police said that despite several reports from individuals, Temple police officers did not act outside of the scope of their duties. The individuals had reported to several news agencies that officers acted "improperly." 

"Our department has and will continue to cooperate fully with the Texas Rangers in the investigation of this incident," said Neely. 

Temple police ask anyone who witnessed the incident, or has a video of it, to contact the Texas Rangers or Temple police. 

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