Man dies in custody of Cornelius police

A man who Cornelius Oregon police confronted after a report that he was behaving erratically has died while in custody.

Cornelius police were called to a house in the 3000 block of North Irvine Street at 3 a.m. Saturday after a resident reported a disturbance in the backyard. The homeowner told officers he had been confronted by a partially clothed white man in his early 20s. The man was erratic and violent, police said.

The police officer then contacted the man, who was covered in blood and being uncooperative, police said. The officer tried to use his Taser but it had no effect. The man resisted the officer and headed east down North Irvine Street to North 31st Street, disregarding the officer’s commands, police said. Two Forest Grove Police Department officers were called to assist.

The officers continued to attempt to take the man in custody by using Taser and pepper spray, police said. The man continued to resist and stopped breathing while being taken into custody. Crews from the Cornelius Fire Department and Metro West Ambulance then the man to a hospital. He later was pronounced dead.

An autopsy is scheduled and will include a toxicology analysis.

READ – Man dies in custody of Cornelius police, April 10, 2010
READ – Erratic Man Dies In Custody Of Police, KPTV.com, April 10, 2010
READ – ‘Partially clothed’ man dies in police custody, KATU.com, April 10, 2010