NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An investigation has begun after the death of a drugged, emotionally disturbed man restrained by NYPD officers near St. Patrick’s Cathedral was ruled a homicide on Friday.
Authorities said 45-year-old Ronald Singleton was high on PCP, sitting in a cab in Midtown, cursing and screaming when the cab driver flagged down police who put Singleton in a “protective body wrap” in order to be transported to a hospital, 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.
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Singleton, who was not under arrest, went into cardiac arrest in the ambulance and was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center.
The New York City Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Singleton’s death a homicide caused by his being restrained by police while in a delirious state caused by PCP. The Medical Examiner said Singleton’s “exciting delirium”…