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Police: Man dies in police custody after getting into fight

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Police in Charlotte are investigating after a man died in police custody after he was involved in a fight with another man.

According to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, officers were called to the 3400 block of Mathis Drive around 8:30 a.m. Friday morning.

When they arrived, officers found two men fighting. The men were separated and detained by officers so they could be questioned about the incident.

During the course of their investigation, officers noticed that  one of the men, later identified as 29-year-old Quinton Milhouse, sustained obvious signs of trauma from the altercation from the other man.

According to police, Milhouse stopped breathing and was unresponsive.  Medic was already on scene and immediately transported him to Carolina Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The other man was placed under arrest and transported to police headquarters to speak with Homicide/ADW Detectives.  A witness of the incident was also transported to police headquarters voluntarily to speak with detectives, police told WBTV. 

Officers told WBTV that Milhouse and the other man knew each other and "had been engaging in drug activity together" before getting into a fight.

Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney's Homicide Prosecution Team also responded to the scene.
 
Detectives with the Homicide/ADW Unit are conducting the death investigation while detectives with the Internal Affairs Unit will conduct a separate but parallel investigation to determine whether or not CMPD policies and procedures were adhered to during the course of the incident which is standard procedure whenever there is a death while in custody.

At this time no one has been charged in this case.  The cause of death will be determined by the Medical Examiner's Office. 

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide/ADW Unit Detective.  Detective Abbott is the lead detective assigned to the case.  In addition, you may also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600. 

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