Handcuffed Suspect Jumps in Bay, Drowns

Cops say he bolted from custody
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 7, 2020 3:42 PM CDT
Handcuffed Suspect Jumps in Bay, Drowns
Donnie Brownlow Jr.   (Treasure Island Police)

A handcuffed Florida man died after bolting from police custody and jumping into Boca Ciega Bay, where he drowned, authorities said. Treasure Island police arrested Donnie Brownlow Jr., 33, after responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday evening around 7:40pm, the Tampa Bay Times reports. He was in custody on charges of domestic battery, obstruction, felony driving while license suspended, and violation of probation. An officer was escorting Brownlow to a van that would bring him to jail when he made a run for it, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release, per the AP. Paramedics from the Treasure Island Fire Department pulled Brownlow from the water and performed CPR. Brownlow was brought to the Palms of Pasadena Hospital, where he died around 9:40pm.. (Read more Florida stories.)

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