Police Investigate Death of Suspect in Custody Incident

Posted on  07/22/2013 4:00 pm

Location:

  • 1700 block Wawaset Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Date of Occurrence:

  • Sunday, July 21, 2013, approximately 8:45 p.m.

Suspect:

  • Deomain Hayman, 28, of the 400 block West 29th Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Summary:

The Wilmington Department of Police has identified Deomain Hayman, 28, of the 400 block of West 29th Street, as the deceased suspect in Sunday evening’s death in custody investigation.

Hayman led police on a high speed vehicle pursuit through the city’s Ninth Ward, before officers terminated the pursuit due to public safety concerns.

The officers then encountered the suspect, who had fled from the vehicle on foot, in a driveway of a business in the 1700 block of Wawaset Street. When confronted by the officers, the 6’0” 353 lbs. suspect became combative and actively resisted arrest. The suspect refused to comply with verbal commands and continued to fight with officers. Preliminary investigation indicates that an officer deployed a Taser which malfunctioned and did not appear to be effective. The suspect continued to fight officers. A second officer deployed a Taser which struck the suspect in the rear upper right shoulder area. This Taser also malfunctioned and did not affect the suspect. The suspect continued to resist officers; it took approximately four officers to take the suspect into custody by placing multiple sets of handcuffs on him due to his size.

The officers then placed the suspect in a seated upright position on the ground. Moments later he began experiencing medical difficulty and appeared to go into cardiac arrest. The officers immediately removed the handcuffs, began CPR, and applied an AED. Officers contacted paramedics who responded to the scene to provide treatment. The suspect was transported to Wilmington Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced deceased.

The body was turned over to the medical examiner’s office and an autopsy was conducted this morning. The official cause of death will be released by the medical examiner at a later date.

The Wilmington Department of Police continues to investigate this incident. Detectives will conduct a death investigation by conducting interviews, executing search warrants, examining medical records, and consulting with the medical examiner. Investigators from the Office of Professional Standards are conducting a parallel investigation to review officer’s actions and determine whether they complied with departmental policies and procedures. A preliminary investigation indicates that the officers’ actions fell within the department’s use of force guidelines.

The investigation is ongoing.

Original Release:

The Wilmington Department of Police is investigating the death of a suspect in custody after a struggle with officers Sunday  evening.

The incident occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m. when officers attempted to stop a vehicle for a registration violation in the area of West 25th and North Madison Streets. The vehicle failed to stop and led officers on a high speed chase until the pursuit was terminated due to public safety concerns.

Several minutes later officers in the area were alerted to a reckless driver by witnesses in the area of Augustine Cut-off.

The officers then encountered the suspect, who had fled from the vehicle on foot, in a driveway of a business in the 1700 block of Wawaset Street. When confronted by the officers, the suspect became combative and actively resisted arrest. The suspect refused to comply with verbal commands and continued to fight with officers. An officer deployed a Taser which did not appear to be effective. The suspect continued to fight officers and another officer deployed a Taser. The officers were then able to take the suspect into custody by placing handcuffs on him.

The officers then placed the suspect in a seated upright position on the ground. Moments later he began experiencing medical difficulty and appeared to go into cardiac arrest. The officers immediately removed the handcuffs, began CPR, and applied an AED. Officers contacted paramedics who responded to the scene to provide treatment. The suspect was transported to Wilmington Hospital by ambulance where he was later pronounced deceased.

The investigation is continuing. The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.