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Department investigating death of 19-year-old in Phoenix police custody

Jun 11, 2022, 10:00 AM

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

(Facebook Photo/Phoenix Police Department)

PHOENIX — The Phoenix Police Department is investigating the death of a 19-year-old man in police custody on Friday, authorities said.

Officers were called to a business around 2:45 p.m. near 91st Avenue and McDowell Road about an injured or sick person, police said in a press release.

When they arrived they found Caleb Blair rolling on the ground with no shirt on and with his pants around his ankles, police said. They also said he was showing signs of impairment.

Blair was placed in handcuffs and taken to a shaded area while the fire department evaluated him.

Authorities said while Blair was undergoing treatment he lost consciousness, his handcuffs were removed and he was given life saving measures.

He was taken to a local hospital where he died.

The Officer of the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

An internal and criminal investigation will review the actions of the officers, police said.

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Department investigating death of 19-year-old in Phoenix police custody