911 call ends with officers restraining patient who later died

Updated: Jul. 19, 2018 at 3:17 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation has taken over a custodial death investigation at the request of the Dothan Police Department.

Dothan officers were among first responders to a 911 medical assistance call in the 600 block of Price Street.

At some point, officers restrained the patient, 38-year-old William Earl Jackson. It wasn't clear why the man had to be restrained.

Jackson later lost consciousness while under medical care and was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

SBI officers, at Dothan Police Chief Steven Parrish's request, responded Wednesday to the scene and hospital to act as an independent investigator.

Jackson's cause of death was not immediately clear.

Once it is complete, a copy of the SBI investigation will be turned over to the Houston County District Attorney.

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