Houston News : Spring man’s police custody death ruled accidental drug overdose

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FILE — The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office on scene in Atascocita.

FILE — The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office on scene in Atascocita.

Photo: Courtesy Of Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Facebook Page / Courtesy Of Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Facebook Page

Photo: Courtesy Of Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Facebook Page / Courtesy Of Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Facebook Page

FILE — The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office on scene in Atascocita.

FILE — The Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office on scene in Atascocita.

Photo: Courtesy Of Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Facebook Page / Courtesy Of Mark Herman, Harris County Constable Precinct 4 Facebook Page

Spring man’s police custody death ruled accidental drug overdose

The June death of a man in the custody of constable deputies in Spring was ruled an accidental drug overdose by the Harris County medical examiner.

Harris County Precinct 4 Constable’s Office deputies were called to reports of a man running through the Timber Lane neighborhood in nothing but boxer shorts around 2 a.m. June 7, according to Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jason Spencer. The deputies said the man, later identified as 30-year-old Oscar Pulido, appeared to be under the influence of some kind of drug as they approached him, Spencer said.

Once Pulido was in custody, he showed signed of distress, so the deputies called for paramedics. After the ambulance arrived, Pulido lost consciousness and was rushed to a nearby hospital, Spencer said.

Doctors soon after pronounced him dead.

On Thursday, the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences ruled Pulido’s manner of death an accident caused by “acute cocaine toxicity,” according to institute spokesperson Michele Arnold.

Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said his internal affairs division is investigating alongside the sheriff’s office homicide unit. However, the deputies are already back on the streets after an initial three-day leave following the death, Herman said.

“This conclusion will play into the factors (of the investigation),” he said.

Spencer said the sheriff’s office criminal investigation is still open.



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Source : chron.com