Houston police are investigating an "in-custody death" that happened when a man began behaving erratically, ran into highway traffic and was tased.
Denis John Chabot, 37, was visiting a friend at the Texan Inn and Suites in the 4000 block of the North Freeway about 10:15 p.m. Friday when things started going wrong, police say.
Chabot, they say, "became agitated and paranoid. His friend asked him to leave the room, but Chabot refused, causing hotel security to be called to ask him to leave. When a security guard approached him, Chabot began acting aggessive and erratic toward the security guard, who then called police for assistance. As police arrived, Chabot was seen running up an exit ramp of the North Freeway and then across the freeway mainlanes."
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Police attempted to subdue him, including using "a conducted energy device without the cartridge to stun the suspect," to no avail.
They did eventually gain control of him, although he "appeared to be in physical distress," police say, and was transported to Ben Taub General Hospital. He died there nine hours later.
The incident is being investigated by the HPD Homicide and Internal Affairs divisions.