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Man Dies While in Culver City Police Custody

Sheriff's Homicide Bureau detectives were called to investigate the incident at approximately 10 p.m. Saturday night after a man allegedly under the influence of drugs died after Culver City police responded to a disturbance call.

Sheriff's Homicide Bureau detectives were called to the 3900 Block of Van Buren Pl. in Culver City shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday night after a man allegedly under the influence of drugs died while Culver City police were on the scene.

The Sheriff's detectives were called in to help the Culver City Police Department investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the man who was in custody at the time of the incident.

According to the Sheriff's Bureau, officers from Culver City Police Department responded to a disturbance call at an apartment at the location. The reporting party stated her son was under the influence of drugs and was destroying furniture.

When Culver City police arrived they attempted to contact the woman's son. However, the son did not cooperate with the officers and tried to hide under his bed. The officers were then forced to pull him out from under the bed.

The man was mumbling incoherently and kicked at the officers as they handcuffed him, but stopped fighting after he was handcuffed and appeared pale. Officers checked his vital signs and detected a faint pulse. They immediately called for paramedics to respond and removed the handcuffs. The man was transported to an undisclosed hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Due to the fact that the individual was in custody at the time he went into distress, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and the District Attorney’s Office Force Investigations Unit responded to investigate the incident.

According to the Sheriff's department, when they searched the man's bedroom they found   miscellaneous narcotics paraphernalia and what was believed to be methamphetamine. According to the man's mother, her son had a history of drug abuse.

There is no further information available at this time. The official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

Patch will bring you more details as they become available.

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