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Panhandler dies after getting picked-up by police

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SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio police are investigating a custodial death Monday evening after a panhandler in police custody passed out and died at the hospital.

A San Antonio Fear Free Environment (SAFFE) officer was driving in the area of Interstate 35 and Eisenhauer when he saw a 62-year-old man panhandling. The officer took the man into custody, buckled him in his police car and pulled over to a safe spot to question him.

While asking questions, the man became unresponsive, prompting emergency crews to arrive to treat him. He still had a pulse when EMS arrived, but died when he arrived to Northeast Baptist hospital.

His death is considered a "custodial death" because it occurred while under police custody. Homicide detectives are investigating the case.

The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Officer to determine his cause of death.

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