Man asks police for help, they kill him instead

Authorities are investigating why a 48-year-old man lost consciousness and died just after being detained in the lobby of the Dallas County jail Saturday morning.

According to authorities, Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson ran into the building sometime after 10 a.m., yelled for help, was placed in handcuffs, lost consciousness and died.

Raul Reyna, the Dallas County sheriff’s office spokesman, said Hutcheson parked his pickup in the crosswalk on Commerce Street and ran into the jail’s south tower, yelling that his wife was trying to hurt him, Reyna said.

Hutcheson then ran into the main lobby of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, yelling that his wife was trying to kill him, Reyna said.

A deputy restrained Hutcheson with handcuffs, “believing that he may be a threat to himself or others until they could calm the man down,” Reyna said in an email.

April Berryhill, who was at the jail to submit a property release form, said she saw one sheriff’s deputy with his knee on Hutcheson’s back and another one with a knee on his throat.

Berryhill said Hutcheson told deputies he couldn’t breathe before they uncuffed him and laid him down on his back.

By then, the color of his face had turned from pale white to pale blue, Berryhill said.

“He came in saying, ‘Don’t be scared of me. I just need some help.’ They just tackled him as if he’d threatened their lives,” Berryhill said. “He didn’t have a weapon. He wasn’t swinging at the officers. He just needed help.”

Reyna said deputies performed CPR at the scene until Dallas Fire-Rescue arrived and took him to Parkland Memorial Hospital.

He was pronounced dead at 11:31 a.m.

The jail remained closed to visitors Saturday afternoon. Investigators were at the scene, with some officers stationed behind Hutcheson’s black pickup, which remained parked on Commerce Street.

Reyna said deputies saw what “appeared to be narcotics” in the truck.

Hutcheson was released from the Dallas County jail on July 19, 2014, after spending nearly five months locked up following his arrest on drug possession and other charges.

The Dallas County medical examiner’s office will determine Hutcheson’s cause of death, and the findings will be included in the sheriff’s investigation, Reyna said.

 

palebluelivesmatter

Why anybody would voluntarily instigate any sort of interaction with the police these days is beyond me. Phone Post 3.0

Are we gonna do this all over again? Christ. Guy dies after contact with police. The media gobbles it up and reports "another man dies in police custody" with very little evidence

Could the police have crushed his throat? Sure. Could he have had a heart attack? Quite possibly. Was he acting quite erratically? Yes.

Yet another situation where it would be wise to wait for more data to come to light. There is likely video from the jail lobby, as well as a medical report. This will tell us a lot more about the incident that the testimony of some women there picking up her property after getting out of jail.

But, Nevermind all that. Take your normal sides and continue on.

Mark Phone Post 3.0

The sheriff's department also said Monday that the dead man, Joseph Sheldon Hutcheson, did not have drugs in his vehicle, correcting the office's earlier statement that he did.
A witness to the outside scene told CBS DFW that Hutcheson had been clutching his chest when he got out of the vehicle.

TryhardNobody - Did he "run in yelling" or "come in saying"? Because im pretty sure what would happen if i run into my local jail yelling
He parked (abandoned?) his truck in the crosswalk of the street and ran into the south tower, yelling that his wife was out to kill him. He then ran into the lobby yelling the same thing.

Unless his wife was close behind him with a knife or other weapon, that pretty erratic behavior, no? You don't think it was a good idea to restrain him until you determine what is going on?

Mark Phone Post 3.0

Agent Kruger - So jailors put him in cuffs, not patrol officers. Good job distinguishing the two Phone Post 3.0

LOL "jailors".

They're Sheriff deputies, dude...

Mark1 - Are we gonna do this all over again? Christ. Guy dies after contact with police. The media gobbles it up and reports "another man dies in police custody" with very little evidence

Could the police have crushed his throat? Sure. Could he have had a heart attack? Quite possibly. Was he acting quite erratically? Yes.

Yet another situation where it would be wise to wait for more data to come to light. There is likely video from the jail lobby, as well as a medical report. This will tell us a lot more about the incident that the testimony of some women there picking up her property after getting out of jail.

But, Nevermind all that. Take your normal sides and continue on.

Mark Phone Post 3.0


Mark with the correct.

Agent Kruger - 
Beninger -
Agent Kruger - So jailors put him in cuffs, not patrol officers. Good job distinguishing the two Phone Post 3.0

LOL "jailors".

They're Sheriff deputies, dude...
They're jailors Phone Post 3.0

I was trying to be nice, but you're clearly an idiot...

Agent Kruger - So jailors put him in cuffs, not patrol officers. Good job distinguishing the two Phone Post 3.0

Sheriffs so they are both deputies and corrections officers, correct? I think calling sheriffs deputies "police" is fair.

This is from the Sheriff herself:

"Sheriff Lupe Valdez said she wants as many witnesses as possible to come forward.

"The more information we have, the better," she said.

Hutcheson, 48, walked into the jail around 10:25 a.m. Saturday screaming that his wife was chasing him and trying to kill him, according to the sheriff's office.

Deputies handcuffed Hutcheson, "believing that he may be a threat to himself or others until they could calm the man down," Reyna said."

Agent Kruger - 
Fake Pie -
Agent Kruger - So jailors put him in cuffs, not patrol officers. Good job distinguishing the two Phone Post 3.0

Sheriffs so they are both deputies and corrections officers, correct? I think calling sheriffs deputies "police" is fair.
Two different jobs.... Two different academies Phone Post 3.0

You sure about that? In Florida, they are one and the same. Normally they have to do some amount of time in the jail as COs and then they get to go out and work patrol. They are deputies regardless.

Sorry that was the Sheriff's spokesman not the Sheriff. Here is more from the spokesman:

aul Reyna, the Dallas County sheriff's office spokesman, said the man parked his pickup truck in the crosswalk on Commerce Street and ran into the jail's south tower, yelling his wife was after him and trying to hurt him.

The man then ran into the main lobby of the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, yelling his wife was trying to kill him, Reyna said.

A deputy restrained the man with handcuffs, "believing that he may be a threat to himself or others until they could calm the man down," Reyna said in an email.
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Again, a deputy.

Agent Kruger - 
Beninger -
Agent Kruger - So jailors put him in cuffs, not patrol officers. Good job distinguishing the two Phone Post 3.0

LOL "jailors".

They're Sheriff deputies, dude...
They're jailors Phone Post 3.0

In my county, Sheriff's deputies staff the jail. They are fully sworn peace officers with police powers. They move in and out of jail and patrol functions depending on what their seniority allows. So, yes, in some areas, they are the same thing.

Agent Kruger - They are deli ties under the sherrif. They get a weapon and everything. They just work in the jail and are titled jailers. Some counties require a year I'm the jail before being eligible for a patrol position. Phone Post 3.0

So they are deputies. SO what is the issue?

Agent Kruger - 
Beninger -
Agent Kruger - 
Beninger -
Agent Kruger - So jailors put him in cuffs, not patrol officers. Good job distinguishing the two Phone Post 3.0

LOL "jailors".

They're Sheriff deputies, dude...
They're jailors Phone Post 3.0

I was trying to be nice, but you're clearly an idiot...
You have patrol and jailers. Phone Post 3.0

No you don't. These aren't prison COs, they're deputies...

So the Dallas County Sheriff does appear to have Detention Service Officers and Deputies. DSOs can eventually become Deputies. Both work the jails but DSOs can ONLY work the jails. The people involved here appear to be full Deputies. I stand by the title.

Anyone who has a problem with this WANTS to have a problem with the police.

He just got out of a 5 month stay for drugs. He runs in acting erratically (toxicology report released yet?). They subdue and handcuff him. He apparently was already clutching his chest which I'm OK with assuming a drug addict who is running around screaming holding his chest may have taken a bit too much of his drug of choice. When he said he couldn't breathe they uncuffed him and rolled him onto his back.

It continues to amaze me that the recently released criminals with drug problems get sympathy because they made more poor choices and ended up dead. But yeah, lets blame the officers.

Fake Pie - So the Dallas County Sheriff does appear to have Detention Service Officers and Deputies. DSOs can eventually become Deputies. Both work the jails but DSOs can ONLY work the jails. The people involved here appear to be full Deputies. I stand by the title.

You used the wrong nomenclature. therefore this story holds no basis.

/sarcasm