Man who collapsed in police custody dies

CORRECTION: The title originally written for this post indicated that the person died in police custody. That did not accurately reflect the information reported in this press release. The title of this post has been changed to accurately reflect the information in the press release.

EDITOR’S REMARKS: The descriptions and accounts in this press release are those of the Greensboro Police and have not been independently substantiated.

UPDATE: The person involved in this incident has been identified as Marcus Deon Smith, B/M 38, of Greensboro.

CITY OF GREENSBORO Contact: Ronald Glenn
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 336-574-4002

Subject that Collapsed in Police Custody Later Dies at Hospital

GREENSBORO, NC (Sept. 8, 2018) – At 12:45 AM Greensboro Police located a disoriented suicidal subject running in and out of traffic in the 100 block of North Church Street. Officers worked with the subject for several minutes in an effort to give him assistance. EMS arrived at the scene at 12:50 AM. While officers were attempting to transport him for mental evaluation, the subject became combative and collapsed. Both EMS and on scene officers began rendering aid. The subject was transported by EMS to a local hospital for additional treatment. The subject passed away at approximately 1:50 AM.

This incident is currently under investigation by the Greensboro Police Department and the State Bureau of Investigation. The officers involved will be placed on administrative duty, as according to policy of the Greensboro Police Department.

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Toni E. Kiser, Watch Operations Specialist
Police Department, Watch Operations
City Of Greensboro
100 Police Plaza, Greensboro, NC 27402-3136

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