Corpus Christi Suspect Dies in Police Custody

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) - A Corpus Christi man died in police custody after he beaten with a baton and pepper-sprayed in the face by officers because he resisted arrest.

Corpus Christi police Chief Bryan Smith says Richard Parr was pronounced dead Tuesday after being rushed to Bay Area Medical Center when he slumped over in the police car.

Smith says the 45-year-old fought with officers when they tried to arrest him during a response to a family violence call at an apartment complex.

Four officers have been placed on paid administrative leave pending reviews by the department's internal affairs and criminal investigation divisions.

A preliminary report from the Nueces County Medical Examiner's Office was not available.

Smith says Parr was intoxicated and had medical conditions, including high blood pressure and asthma.