Update: Dallas County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased man as 48-year-old Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson. Deputies say Hutcheson served time at Lew Sterrett. He was locked up over a year, booked on Feb. 2014, and released just a few weeks ago on July 19th. DCSO continues to investigate this case.
DALLAS, TX -- It’s not exactly the headline anybody wants to hear, especially on the heels of Sandra Bland’s controversial death.
But on Saturday, the Dallas County Sheriff's Office confirms a man died in custody inside the Lew Sterrett jail lobby.
DCSO tells NewsFix the victim, a 48-year-old white man, was acting strange and erratic when he ran inside the jail. He apparently was yelling his wife was trying to kill him.
We’re told a deputy cuffed the man and attempted to calm him down. A supervisor was called to help out. Then, sometime after that, deputies say the man stopped breathing.
Dallas Fire-Rescue was called and performed CPR on the victim. He was taken to nearby Parkland Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Deputies aren’t talking, but one witness is, and she told NewsFix what she saw unfold.
"They kept asking him to sit down, he wouldn’t sit down – he was really upset," the witness, who asked to remain anonymous, recalled.
"Then, [the deputies] grabbed him and put him in a choke hold. [They] were holding him. He was saying, ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe.’ Everyone was yelling for them to let him go. They were going to kill him. He said, 'I can’t breathe.' He pissed himself; they released him, and he was laying there, dead on the ground.”
DCSO did not confirm that crucial piece of information, but you got to wonder, what really happened, and why did the man just suddenly stop breathing?
Answers will likely come in the coming days, but no doubt, this case is far from closed.