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Troy Goode, Memphis Man ‘Hogtied’ by Mississippi Police, Dies

Troy Goode with his wife and daughter. (Family photo)

Troy Goode with his wife and son. (Family photo)

A Tennessee father of an infant son has died after being ‘hogtied’ in police custody after leaving a concert in Mississippi with his wife.

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports Troy Goode, 30, of Memphis died at Baptist Memorial Hospital in DeSoto, Mississippi on Saturday night two hours after being detained and restrained, and after telling police he was having difficulty breathing due to asthma.

Goode and his wife had left a Widespread Panic concert in Southaven, Mississippi. According to Goode family attorney Tim Edwards, the victim was intoxicated when the couple left the show. Edwards told the Clarion-Ledger that Goode “unexpectedly” exited the vehicle while his wife was driving and began acting “erratically.” Edwards told NBC News that Goode was “intoxicated” after he and four friends ingested a substance—the attorney would not say which—before the concert.

“There was not any violent conduct,” Edwards said, “just erratic.”

A passerby called police. Memphis attorney David McLaughlin was having dinner with his family in a nearby restaurant and witnessed Goode’s arrest. McLaughlin told the Clarion-Ledger that he saw the police giving what looked like a command to Goode, who backed away from the officer and was acting strangely. McLaughlin then went outside and said he saw on officer on Goode’s back. After going back inside to pay his bill, McLaughlin went back outside, where he said he saw Goode “hogtied” on a paramedic’s stretcher.

“Paramedics arrived on scene, and I see them put him in a four-point restraint or hogtie, I don’t know how else to describe it,” McLaughlin told the Clarion-Ledger. “His legs were crossed, pulled back, by my vantage point, his hands were pulled back, and I think affixed to at least one of his legs. He looked to me like he was struggling or convulsing or both. He appeared to be in distress to me.”

McLaughlin’s son, Brady McLaughlin, began recording the scene.

“He just had the presence of mind that this might be important,” McLaughlin said of his son. “You hate to video someone at the lowest point in their life, but I’m always concerned with how police are policing. I’m very glad that there is at least some sort of independent document of what was going on with him and that he was alive when he went into the ambulance. I wish we had done more in terms of questioning the officers’ decision to put him in that position but we didn’t because we didn’t want to interfere with a police situation.”

According to Southaven Police Lt. Mark E. Little, officers saw Goode “running from the area acting strange and not [being] cooperative.”

“Officers attempted to detain the subject who began to resist and run from them again,” Little told NBC News. “On our initial investigation we learned that the subject had allegedly taken some LSD in a parking lot before a concert.”

But Kevin McCormack, another attorney representing Goode’s family, blasted police for linking the victim’s alleged drug use to his death.

“LSD did not take Troy Goode and hogtie him. LSD did not place him facedown, hogtied with his head strapped down on a stretcher. The Southaven Police did that,” McCormack told WREG.

Results of a preliminary autopsy conducted on Monday suggested Goode died from heart-related issued, WREG reports.

As for Goode’s asthma, Edwards confirmed the victim suffered from the breathing condition but said he controlled attacks with the use of an inhaler.

Goode, a graduate of the University of Memphis, was a chemical engineer. He and his wife had a 15-month-old son.

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