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Sunday, December 2, 2012

35 Year old died in police custody after taser

Inmate death under investigation
Buffalo News
BY: LOU MICHEL , NANCY FISCHER

A 35-year-old Depew man who had been jailed on burglary charges by Depew police died late Friday afternoon after being transported from the Holding Center to Erie County Medical Center Wednesday for a mental health evaluation.

Richard A. Metcalf Jr. suffered a massive heart attack in the ambulance on the way to the hospital, Buffalo attorney and family spokesman Thomas J. Casey said. Family also said Metcalf recently had begun showing signs of mental illness.

An investigation has already begun, said Thomas Diina, Erie County Sheriff Superintendant of Jail Management, and an autopsy was to be conducted.

Booking photos show Metcalf was bruised and cut before he was taken to the Holding Center, the Sheriff’s Office said.

“The booking photo shows that he had a rough ride before coming to us,” Diina said.

Casey said the family was distraught but had a lot of questions and wanted a full investigation.

Carwile said the officer used a Taser to subdue Metcalf and forcibly handcuffed him.
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