Alleged Scrap-Metal Thief Dies in HPD Custody After Chase

The Houston Police Internal Affairs division is investigating the death of a man who was in police custody after a foot chase yesterday afternoon.

Craig Campbell, 42, was trying to sell some scrap metal to a dealer just outside the South Loop near 288 about 2 p.m. yesterday when "he was confronted by one of the persons from whom he had stolen items," HPD says.

After hearing that the cops had been called, Campbell took off on foot and ran for about four blocks before being caught by one of the dealer's employees.

Police arrived and took him into custody without incident. "Officers noticed Campbell was not sweating and was breathing very hard," HPD says. "They called for paramedics to check on him. HFD paramedics arrived and began checking on Campbell's condition. At that time, he became unresponsive and was transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead about two hours later.

An autopsy will be done to determine the cause of death, and as is standard in all death-in-custody cases, the Internal Affairs and Homicide divisions are investigating.

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