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Phoenix police: Man who died in custody had meth in system

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Posted at 10:11 PM, Oct 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-16 01:11:34-04

PHOENIX (AP) - Police say a man who died at a Phoenix hospital after being taken into custody following a scuffle at a convenience store had methamphetamine in his system.

They say a review of the Oct. 6 incident shows only handcuffs were used to take 49-year-old Alexander Brown into custody and no improper action was taken by officers.

Police were called out to a fight inside of a store and say they found Brown pushing customers, behaving erratically and apparently impaired.

Officers then took Brown into custody and they say he continued to resist, striking his head on the inside of the patrol car.

Police say Brown became unresponsive while he was being evaluated by Phoenix Fire Department paramedics.

Brown was then taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.