Suspect Dies in Va. Police Custody, Investigation Ensues

April 5, 2012

The Norfolk Police Department is investigating the death of a suspect while in police custody.

Police spokesman Chris Amos tells media outlets that 20-year-old Derrick Shurron Hemphill was incoherent and vomiting when officers found him Tuesday near Norfolk Naval Station.

Amos says Hemphill became violent after he was arrested. The officers used pepper spray, handcuffs and leg restraints to restrain hm. They put him in the back of a police car and he lost consciousness en route to a local hospital.

Paramedics were following the police car in an ambulance. They treated Hemphill and put him in the ambulance. He died at the hospital.

Navy Personnel Command spokeswoman Katie Suich tells The Virginian-Pilot that Hemphill was honorably discharged from the service in March.

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