An Oklahoma City man who was admitted into hospital care Sunday shortly after he was taken into police custody, has died, police said.
David Harjo, 60, was brought to Deaconess Hospital by ambulance about 8:30 p.m. Sunday after complaining of chest pains. Harjo was drunk and had bruises and scratches on his body when he arrived at the hospital, police said.
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. He was taken to OU Medical Center, where he died Thursday.
Beasley and Thompson were placed on administrative leave while the department’s homicide unit investigates the incident. Police have said it appeared neither Beasley nor Thompson used force against Harjo.
It is unclear if Harjo’s condition was a result of previous medical issues or trauma that occurred after police made contact.