Man suffering possible ‘drug-induced mental event’ dies after fleeing from Oxford police


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A man believed to be suffering from some type of drug-induced mental event died in the custody of Oxford police.

Chief Bill Partridge provided this account of what happened: The department received a call about 10:40 p.m. Friday on a report of a male roommate destroying property inside a home on Watson Road. The man appeared to be under the influence of some sort of substance, the chief said in a press release.

Once officers arrived on the scene, the man had already fled the home, crossed Watson Road and entered into a thick wooded area.

“Officers could hear the subject scream and approached him,’’ Partridge said. “Officers called for an EMS unit due to realizing he was suffering from some type of possible drug-induced mental event.”

The man, whose name has not been released, was restrained by officers and brought out of the wooded area. At that point, he suffered an apparent cardiac event.

Officers started CPR until medics arrived and took over. The man was taken to Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

As is standard procedure, Oxford requested an outside agency review, along with JSU Applied Forensics, to investigate the circumstances of the incident for transparency. The man’s body was sent by the Calhoun County Coroner’s Office to the Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.