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Fayetteville officers investigated after man dies in custody

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

The Fayetteville Police Department's Internal Affairs unit is reviewing an incident after a man died while in police custody early Tuesday morning.

The fire department and EMS personnel were dispatched to 432 School Street in reference to a medical call shortly before 4 a.m. involving a subject who was displaying erratic behavior.

Officers responding to a different call stopped to assist EMS workers after locating Eugene Gibson, 26, rolling around in the middle of the road.

Medical personnel asked officers to assist in stabilizing Gibson by holding his wrists and legs down while they check vitals.

Within almost a minute, Gibson's condition appeared to be stable and officers released his wrists. While being assessed EMS workers, Gibson's condition worsened and he went into cardiac arrest.

EMS workers began life-saving measures while transporting Gibson to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, but he died while in route.

According to statements from witnesses, medical workers and officers, Gibson was not restrained when he went into cardiac arrest.

Gibson's death is being investigated by the police department's homicide unit and internal affairs is conducting a review of the assisting officers to make sure all departmental policies and procedures were followed.

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