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LAPD halts man banging head against brick wall; he dies in custody

February 26, 2013 |  2:04 pm

 Approximate location of incident shown in black.

The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating the death of a Harbor Gateway man who died while in police custody Tuesday morning.

Officers were called to the 20900 block of Denker Avenue about 9:20 a.m. after staff members at a group home reported a resident harming himself.  The 40-year-old man was banging his head against a brick wall, according to witnesses. 

When police arrived, they placed the man in handcuffs to prevent him from further injuring himself, said LAPD spokesman Richard French.  The man was taken to a local hospital, where he died.

"There was no use of force," French said.  "He died from the injuries he sustained."  

The Los Angeles coroner's office has not released the man's name, pending notification of family.


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Map: Approximate location of incident shown in black. Credit: Los Angeles Times Mapping L.A.