Oklahoma City authorities investigate man's care in police custody

A man who was released from hospital care and taken to a detox center by police is not expected to survive, Oklahoma City police said.
by Kyle Fredrickson Modified: April 16, 2014 at 9:57 am •  Published: April 14, 2014

Oklahoma City detectives are investigating why a man was admitted into hospital care in life-threatening condition Sunday shortly after he was taken into police custody.

About 8:30 p.m. Sunday, David Harjo, 60, was brought to Deaconess Hospital by emergency medical services because of chest pains, police said. Harjo was also highly intoxicated and had bruises and scratches on his body.

About 11:30 p.m., hospital staff requested Oklahoma City police take Harjo to a detox center near NW 5 and N Virginia Avenue. Police officers Jonathan Beasley and Jeremiah Thompson brought Harjo to the center, but Harjo was refused admittance after being unable to walk into the building on his own or with assistance, police said. The officers contacted emergency medical services and Harjo was returned to the hospital.

Further examination revealed Harjo was in danger of dying due to an undetected head injury, Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said.

Harjo was transferred to OU Medical Center.

Police said Monday that physicians there said they do not expect him to survive.

Nelson said it appears there was no use of force by Beasley or Thompson. It is unclear if Harjo’s condition is a result of previous medical issues or trauma that occurred after police made contact. Nelson said when officers made contact with Harjo, there was no indication there was anything wrong with him other than intoxication.

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by Kyle Fredrickson
OSU beat writer
Kyle Fredrickson became the Oklahoma State beat writer for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com in July 2014. A native Coloradoan, Fredrickson attended Western State College before transferring to Oklahoma State in 2010 and graduating in 2012. Fredrickson...
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