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Incident at 4300 South Loop East

June 5, 2006 -- Houston police are investigating the death of a man at 4300 South Loop East about 5:50 a.m. on Sunday (June 4).

The deceased male's identity is pending notification to family members.

HPD Homicide Division Sergeant M. Scott and Officer R. Martinez reported:

A passing motorist contacted police after observing a male, who appeared to be very intoxicated, walking on the freeway. An officer responded to the area and located the male in the 4300 block of the South Loop East. The officer attempted to move the man from the inside lane to safety when the man began to struggle and fight with the officer. A passing motorist, observing the struggle, stopped to assist the officer. The man lost consciousness and was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital where he later died. Further investigation is pending the cause of death by the Harris County Medical Examiner's office.

As is customary in in-custody deaths in the city limits, the incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs Divisions and the Harris County District Attorney's office.

MES/JFC 6-5-06
Inc. #086835906

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.