Asthmatic Dad Dies After Cops Hogtie Him Facedown

Troy Goode's family wants answers as arrest video emerges
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 21, 2015 11:20 AM CDT

Another death in police custody has a Tennessee family scrambling for answers. Family attorney Tim Edwards tells NBC News that Troy Goode, 30, "ingested" something outside a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven, Miss., on Saturday and "got paranoid." The Memphis man, father to a 15-month-old child, reportedly left his wife's car at some point during the ride home, reports WREG, and was spotted "in a field running in circle," Edwards says. Officers say they responded to a parking lot to find Goode "running from the area acting strange and not cooperative," according to a rep, who says they believed Goode was suffering from an LSD overdose. Goode, an asthmatic, ran from officers and resisted arrest before he was taken into custody, the rep says.

A lawyer who witnessed the arrest tells the Clarion-Ledger Goode "looked to me like he was struggling or convulsing or both. He appeared to be in distress." The lawyer's son began filming the scene as Goode was loaded into an ambulance on a stretcher. A woman can be heard telling him to record the event "just in case he dies." "His face was buried in the mattress of the stretcher," Edwards says, repeating witness statements heard in the video. "There was a strap over the back of his head so he couldn't move his head. His hands and feet were hogtied so he couldn't move those, either." He adds a witness heard Goode tell officers he couldn't breathe. Goode, a chemical engineer, died two hours later at a hospital. Police say they are waiting on autopsy and toxicology reports before releasing a cause of death. (Read more police custody stories.)

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