A Washington, D.C. man accused of kidnapping his girlfriend at gunpoint last summer has died in police custody hours after being arrested.
Officers checked a suspect in custody at the Metropolitan Police Department’s Second District Police Station around 10:30 a.m. Thursday. police told FOX 5.
Checking officers found 44-year-old Marquez Parker unconscious and not breathing. The officers reportedly immediately requested paramedics, administered Narcan, began CPR and attempted to use a defibrillator to save Parker.
Despite their efforts, DC fire and emergency medical personnel pronounced Parker dead at the scene.
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Parker was arrested in connection with the alleged kidnapping of his girlfriend in July 2022 at 6:45 a.m. Thursday, just three hours before her death.
Police claimed Parker forced the woman into a car against her will outside their residence on the city’s northwest side. The victim’s family and friends alerted them to the situation after a live Instagram video allegedly showed Parker pointing a gun at her.
The victim was later found safe.
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In that case, Parker was charged with armed kidnapping involving a gun.
According to an MPD standard operating procedure document, searches for contraband and weapons take place at the checkpoints. A more extensive search of a detainee must be approved by the watch commander.
MPD says the department’s Internal Affairs Bureau is investigating Parker’s death.
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