Texarkana inmate's autopsy pending to determine cause of death

Texarkana, Ark(KSLA)- Texarkana Arkansas Police say that a man who died while in their custody Thursday night may have died of medical reasons.

"We do believe it has to do with medical issues, medical reasons, possibly medical related. We can't speak on that until the autopsy result is completed," said Kristi Mitchell from the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department.

It all started around 5:30 PM when police were dispatched to a home in the 2205 block of Grove Street regarding an armed man in the house. Upon arrival, officers on the front porch heard loud screaming coming from inside the residence and through a window, they saw 23 year-old Brandon Daniels swinging a wooden cane at elderly male later identified by officers as his grandfather, Scottie Brown.

The situation inside the house was so violent officers had to force entry into the residence kicking open a locked door.

Once inside the residence, officers confronted Daniels who according to them was belligerent and disorderly. They say, Daniels was extremely combative swinging at and striking both officers with the wooden cane.

One of the officers was struck on the hand and another was struck on the left jaw while attempting to take the suspect into custody.  Officers had to defend themselves from Daniels and sprayed him with an aerosol O.C spray several times and to subdue him. He was placed into handcuffs and arrested.

Police say that somewhere between the pick-up process and the basement of the Texarkana Bi-State Justice Center, Daniels became unresponsive and was later pronounced dead in the basement of the jail.

Daniels' family disagrees that their relative died of medical conditions. They think the pepper spray officers used to subdue him played a role in his death.

Daniel's body will be sent to Little Rock for an autopsy at the State Crime Lab.

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