SARASOTA (CBSMiami/AP) — A 33-year old Florida man died in a hospital while in medical distress after being arrested, according to Sarasota County Sheriff’s officials.READ MORE: As US Confirms First Omicron Case, CDC Works To Step Up Testing Requirements
Officials on Friday said they are investigating the circumstances of John Kaafi’s arrest.
Sarasota Police arrested Kaafi Wednesday during a traffic stop for a non-working tag light. Police said Kaafi acted suspiciously and went to detain him for “officer safety.”READ MORE: Arrest Made In Miami-Dade In Connection With Murder Of Palm Beach Gardens Boy
Police discovered a vial containing a substance that tested positive for cocaine. Officers also found spice, a designer drug, in the vehicle. While taking him to the jail, officials said Kaffi escaped by flinging himself out the cruiser window. They used a Taser on him.
Police called an ambulance from the jail when Kaafi complained of an asthma attack. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.MORE NEWS: Asian American Artists Celebrated During Art Basel: 'Through Hardships, We Could Look At Diversity And See It As Strength'
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