Coroner releases name of suspect who died in police custody

A suspect died in IMPD custody on Jan. 14 around 9 p.m. (WISH Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A suspect in a domestic battery incident died while in police custody Thursday evening.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officials say the man had a medical emergency and died in the back of an ambulance.

Officers responded to a domestic violence call in the 8700 block of Balboa Court around 9 p.m. That’s near 42nd and Post. They say a teenager had gone to another home and told the residents there that a man had attacked her and her mother in the 4100 block of Balboa Court. Police say the teen had blood on her.

Officers found the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Herbert Seay at that location, and a female victim with significant injuries to her face. They say that’s when they called for an ambulance for the woman.

Police said they then arrested the Seay without incident or use of force, on preliminary charges of domestic battery. Police said the suspect was cooperating and submitted to arrest.

IMPD said after the first ambulance arrived for the woman, Seay started to complain of chest pain. He was alert and talking at the time. Officers told EMS personnel, who determined a second ambulance was needed.

Police say once the second ambulance arrived, the suspect was brought into the ambulance, and he went into critical cardiac arrest. EMS personnel worked on him for 30 minutes, but they said Seay died at the scene.

The female victim and the teenager were brought to the hospital in the first ambulance, and are listed in good condition.

IMPD said their Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating. That’s standard protocol for in-custody death investigations.

Police have not yet released the name of the suspect. The Marion County Coroner’s Office will work to determine a cause of death after an autopsy.

Police say this is an on-going investigation.

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