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CLERMONT No charges in police custody death

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Posted: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 12:24 pm

Officials with the State Attorney’s Office said Wednesday they will not file charges in the case of a 25-year-old man who died after a struggle at South Lake Hospital with law enforcement officers who were trying to get him to a mental facility.

Wayne Donavan Reid was pronounced dead at the same hospital on Jan. 31.

According to a medical examiner’s report released last week, the cause of Reid’s death was “excited delirium” — often fueled by drugs or mental illness and sometimes associated with sudden death.

“Based on the patient’s actions during the restraining process, there is no evidence to show that the methods and techniques employed by law enforcement during the restraining process were not appropriate to be used or conducted in an excessive or violent manner,” prosecutor Richard Buxman said in a memo explaining why no charges will be filed.

According to a State Attorney’s report, Reid went to the hospital on Jan. 30, complaining of abdominal pains. While in the emergency room, he showed signs of paranoia, as well as the use of cocaine, cannabis and opioids. He reportedly became combative and had to be restrained.

Reid remained at the hospital until the next day, where he continued to be “aggressive,” “combative” and “resistant” to medical care. Hospital officials asked the Lake County Sheriff’s Office to transport him to a mental facility.

The report states at one point, Reid ripped out his IV line and ran into a cart.

The report adds Reid fought with sheriff’s deputies and Clermont police officers, even after they handcuffed him. A stun gun had no effect on him, and Reid allegedly broke his physical restraints.

Officers were eventually able to secure Reid to a stretcher and medical personnel gave him a sedative. Several minutes later, Reid stopped breathing and eventually died, despite attempts by medical personnel to revive him.

Pharmacists believe there was no fatal interaction between the sedatives and the medicine used in the attempt to save his life, the report states.

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