Person dies while in custody in York Co., investigation underway

Person dies while in custody in York Co., investigation underway
South Carolina law enforcement officials are investigating after a person died while in custody in York County Monday. (Source: WBTV graphic)

YORK COUNTY, S.C. (WBTV) - South Carolina law enforcement officials are investigating after a person died while in custody in York County Monday.

According to the York County Sheriff’s Office, the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division has been requested to investigate the in-custody death.

On Monday, deputies responded to multiple reports of a person acting erratically and jumping on cars in the Newport Lakes neighborhood, in the Newport area of Rock Hill.

When deputies arrived, they encountered the person behaving erratically and refusing to follow officers’ directions.

While deputies were taking the person into custody, the person became unresponsive. Deputies administered life-saving efforts until EMS arrived. The person was then taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill, and was eventually pronounced dead.

On Wednesday afternoon, the York County Coroner’s Office said their officials responded to Piedmont Medical Center to investigate a death in the emergency department. Officials said 35-year-old Derrick Johnson was taken to the hospital by EMS after becoming unresponsive during an incident with law enforcement.

Officials say police started resuscitation efforts, and that efforts continued during transport and upon arrival at the hospital. Johnson was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

The York County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division will continue with an active investigation. Autopsy and toxicology testing is pending.

Deputies say it is the policy of the York County Sheriff’s Office to call SLED to investigate all in-custody deaths.

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