Suspect dies after being in police custody

July 11th, 2011 by admin Leave a reply »

PORTLAND, Ore. – A suspect Portland Police officers said had been using methamphetamine and marijuana died after being in police custody early Sunday morning.

The incident started with a traffic stop at SE 122nd and Bush around 4 a.m. Sunday. Officers noticed a passenger in the rear seat of the car wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and asked for his identification.

According to police spokesman Lt. Robert King, the man in the rear seat gave officers false information. When the officers returned to the car, the suspect took off running.

The man was later identified as Darris Eugene Johnson, 26, of Portland.

The officers called for backup and set up a perimeter around the neighborhood to find Johnson. Officers said he was wanted for a drug-related parole violation.

Officers eventually found Johnson hiding behind a house and took him into custody. Lt. King said he complied with commands and officers did not use any force.

After walking to the patrol car without assistance, officers said Johnson started complaining that he was having trouble breathing. The officers said his breathing did not seem labored so they put him in a patrol car in handcuffs.

While bringing him to jail, the officers noticed Johnson’s condition took a turn for the worse. They stopped the car, took off the handcuffs, called an ambulance and began CPR, Lt. King said.

The officers continued CPR until paramedics arrived, Lt. King said.

Johnson was taken to Portland Adventist Medical Center, where he died about two hours later. Doctors told police Johnson tested positive for having meth

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