Homicide detectives are investigating the death of a 30-year-old West Baltimore man who was found unconscious in a police wagon after officers arrested him Saturday, a police spokeswoman said yesterday.
Jesse Chapman, of the 1300 block of N. Fulton Ave., was pronounced dead at 11:57 p.m. Saturday after officers found him unconscious in the back of the police wagon, said Officer Sabrina Tapp-Harper, the spokeswoman.
The officers had arrested Mr. Chapman after a brief struggle in the 1100 block of N. Fulton Ave., where they had chased him from the Western District station house a block away, Officer Tapp-Harper said.
She said the incident began about 11:30 p.m. when Mr. Chapman's girlfriend went to the station house to complain that Mr. Chapman had beaten her.
"He followed her into the Western station," Officer Tapp-Harper said, "and attempted to attack her there. Police officers intervened and attempted to subdue him, and he runs."
Officers chased and caught Mr. Chapman on Fulton Avenue, where he struggled with them before he was subdued, Officer Tapp-Harper said. She said he was put into the wagon, and when officers opened the doors to let him out at the station house, they found him unconscious.
Mr. Chapman was pronounced dead at the scene by Fire Department medics.
Investigators from the homicide unit and the internal affairs division are looking into the death, Officer Tapp-Harper said. The officers involved remain on duty, she said.