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Man Dies While Being Taken Into Police Custody In New Castle

By: Patrick Damp/KDKA-TV News Staff

NEW CASTLE (KDKA) - A man died while being taken into custody by police in New Castle early on Sunday morning.

Police received several complaints from residents about a man screaming and acting erratically around 3:30 a.m., New Castle Police said.

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They said the same man allegedly broke into a home on East Washington Street, stole items, and assaulted the person inside before he fled.

Police were able to identify him as Albert Beckworth-Thompson. When they approached him, he began shouting that his girlfriend drugged him and asked if the officers were real.

KDKA's Jessica Guay Reports --


When they attempted to take him into custody and to the hospital, he fled once again.

After a brief chase, he was handcuffed and officers noticed he was going in and out of consciousness.

They rendered first aid but could not find a pulse.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Pennsylvania State Police are investigating.

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