Bodycam video shows arrest of 19-year-old who died while in police custody

HOUSTON – The Houston Police Department released surveillance video of the arrest of a 19-year-old man who died while in police custody in June.

On June 16, Houston police conducted a traffic stop at 6400 Hillcroft Avenue at about 8:35 p.m.

Investigation underway after teen dies from a possible overdose while in HPD custody, police say

Police said 19-year-old Jeremiah Sonnier, who was later identified by members of his family, was uncooperative during the traffic stop and resisted arrest.

Surveillance video released Thursday shows Sonnier leading an HPD officer on a short foot chase before getting into a struggle with the officer.

Video also shows Sonnier was hit with a prong of a taser and the other prong struck an officer, which made the taser ineffective. Sonnier could be seen on video struggling with several officers during the arrest.

Police said Sonnier told officers that he ingested drugs and was having chest pains. Police said the Houston Fire Department responded to the scene and begin treating him and he showed no signs of distress while in custody.

Police said while firefighters were transporting Sonnier in an ambulance, he went into cardiac arrest on the way to a nearby hospital.

An autopsy is being conducted by the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences to determine his cause of death.

WARNING: The video contains graphic language that may be offensive to some. Watch the full bodycam video below:


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