Newman Lake man high on unknown drug dies in custody, deputies say

A man found to be high on drugs and acting aggressively died shortly after he was taken into custody by the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office Saturday night.

Deputies responded to a home on N. Canal Road in Newman Lake when a family member reported a man was out of control, screaming and breaking items in the home.

The caller said the man was in the basement and high on an unknown drug.

According to Corporal Mark Gregory, there had been similar calls recently where the man was physically uncooperative and assaultive to deputies.

Arriving deputies found the man had barricaded himself in the basement. He continued to scream, break items and act erratically. Deputies deployed a taser, which was effective. However, because of the man’s large stature, it took several deputies to restrain him.

The man was placed in handcuffs, but stopped breathing and became unresponsive. CPR was provided and medics were called to assist.

Gregory said medical personnel continued to give life-saving measures, but despite efforts, the man died at the scene.

Per standard protocol, the responding deputies were placed on paid administrative lead as the incident is investigated by the Spokane Investigative Regional Response Team.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will release the man’s name at a later date.