July 27, 2021

MBI investigates in-custody death in Rankin County

Therese Apel

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is looking into the case of a suspect who died at a hospital shortly after being taken into custody.

According to Rankin County legal counsel Paul Holley, on Monday around 8 p.m., Rankin County deputies were called to Foote Drive in Braxton for a burglary/vandalism.

Deputies arrived on scene and after speaking with witnesses and family members were able to identify the suspect as Damien Montrell Cameron of Braxton. Deputies located him coming out of the woods nearby shortly before fled the area to the back of his residence.

Deputies pursued him from there and caught up with him. They told him to place his hands behind his back. According to police, Cameron began to fight and resist arrest.

Deputies were able to finally get the suspect secured and walked him to the patrol vehicle. After speaking with witnesses, deputies went to check on Cameron but he was unresponsive.

Deputies immediately removed him from the vehicle, began CPR and called for medical assistance. Shortly after that, a pulse was acquired and Cameron was transported to a local hospital. He was then transferred to another hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation was called in to look into the incident. According to Rankin County, MBI’s investigation is ongoing questions are being referred to their office. Holley said Rankin County will not comment further on the incident.

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