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Charleston police say man dies after struggle to handcuff him

Charleston police say Adam Myers, 36, of Charleston died Tuesday after he was taken into custody following a domestic violence incident. (MGN Online)

Charleston police said a man died after a struggle to handcuff him, and they say body cameras show no excessive force was used.

Adam Myers, 36, of Charleston died Tuesday after he was taken into custody following a domestic violence incident, Charleston Police Chief Steve Cooper said.

Police responded about noon to a residence on Wood Falls Road after Myers’ mother placed a call to 911. When police arrived, they said, Myers was standing over his father who was lying in a pool of blood.

Cooper said body cameras clearly show the officers did not use excessive force. He said Myers refused their commands to allow them to handcuff him. Cooper said they put their arms around him, handcuffed and him and then took him to the ground, but did not tackle him.

The chief said they were talking to Myers asking him if he was OK and they discovered that he had lost consciousness and had stopped breathing. The officers immediately began CPR.

Paramedics, who already were en route, took over when they arrived and Myers was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police said Myers’ father is recovering from his injuries but they are not life-threatening.

The officers are not on administrative leave. Counseling has been offered to the officers.

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