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Police custody death ruled 'accidental'

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Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 1:23 pm

After an autopsy of a 25-year-old man, who died after a struggle with police officers trying to take him to a mental facility, his death has been ruled “accidental.”

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

The report adds that methamphetamine, cannabinoids and methylone, as well as hypertensive cardiovascular disease, all were contributing factors in the death. It is not clear if Reid was high on the drugs at the time of his death.

The State Attorney’s Office is reviewing the incident for possible charges and has

not reached a decision on the case, the office’s supervisor, Walter Forgie, said Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred Jan. 31 at South Lake Hospital.

According to earlier reports by police, Reid was slated to be transferred to a mental facility by the Lake County Sheriff’s Office when he became combative with the hospital staff and security. Clermont police officers Jason Sayre, Daniel Moser, John Lee and Jeremy Kevitt were called to the scene. When they arrived, Reid calmed down but became combative again with police and deputies.

Sometime after being restrained by law enforcement and medical staff, Reid died.

One law enforcement official who didn’t want to be identified said the man died after doctors gave him a sedative.

None of the officers or deputies were suspended because of the incident.

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