Prosecutors reviewing arrest of Anchorage man

Posted: Friday, May 14, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The state Office of Special Prosecutions is reviewing the arrest of an Anchorage man who stopped breathing while in handcuffs.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell says the man is on life support and may die.

The Anchorage Daily News reports officers were called to a domestic dispute Tuesday night at a trailer park. The suspect drove off but was stopped after a brief chase, removed from the car and handcuffed.

The 47-year-old man was on the ground when officers noticed he was having trouble breathing. He was taken to a hospital and put on life support.

Shell says police did not use pepper spray or a stun gun.

The man has a medical condition, but police aren't saying what it is.

Department of Law spokesman Bill McAllister said the review is routine for any case involving police and a person being seriously injured or killed.

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