Man dies in Oklahoma City police custody after arrest on suspicion of breaking into cars


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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City police are investigating how a man died in their custody after being arrested for allegedly breaking into vehicles.

Oklahoma City media outlets report the man, who police say is in his 30s, was pronounced dead at a local hospital Wednesday evening.

According to Oklahoma City police Capt. Paco Balderrama, police responded to a call about a man breaking into vehicles near a motorcycle trail. Balderrama said that when police arrived, the man was being subdued by people who also bound him with towing rope.

The man was handcuffed by officers who then noticed he was not breathing. Balderrama said the handcuffs were removed and an ambulance was called.

Balderrama said two officers have been placed on paid administrative leave. Their names have not been released.

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