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Three OKC officers on leave following in-custody death

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An Oklahoma City patrol car is pictured in 2016. Three OKCPD officers are on leave following a man's death on Monday. [File art/The Oklahoman archives]
An Oklahoma City patrol car is pictured in 2016. Three OKCPD officers are on leave following a man's death on Monday. [File art/The Oklahoman archives]

Three Oklahoma City officers are on leave after the death of a 41-year-old man they had chased during a Monday disturbance.

About 1:40 p.m. Monday, officers responded to the disturbance call in the 1000 block of SE 44 where a person had called 911 about a man with a gun causing problems, according to a news release.

Officers at the scene located Derrick Elliot Scott in a parking lot and attempted to make contact with him. Scott ran, and the officers gave chase.

Officer Jarred Tipton caught Scott and brought him to the ground. Scott was later handcuffed and a gun found in his waistband, police said.

Shortly after, Scott started suffering breathing problems and paramedics were called to the scene. Scott told paramedics that he had been smoking PCP and was in medical distress. He was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Tipton, Sgt. Jennifer Titus and officer Ashley Copeland, who were all involved in the apprehension of Scott, have been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident.

Police officials said it is standard protocol for officers to be placed on leave following an in-custody death.

Josh Wallace

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