A 48-YEAR-OLD Guayaguayare man who was in police custody for stabbing a police officer died on Tuesday.
Steve Hodges, of Guayaguayare Road, was pronounced dead at Sangre Grande Area Hospital, where he was taken by police officers for medical treatment. An autopsy is expected to be performed at the Forensic Science Centre in St James to determine the cause of death.
Police said Hodges was seen gasping for breath while in a cell at Sangre Grande Police Station. There were no marks of violence on the body.
Hodges was detained on June 6 in Rio Claro by police officers who responded to a report of a robbery at Persad’s Supermarket.
Three police officers pursued Hodges after the report, and cornered him near Moonan’s bar along the Naparima Mayaro Road.
When the officers attempted to detain Hodges, he allegedly stabbed Constable Nanho in the leg. One of the other officers shot Hodges in the right leg.
Hodges had been a patient at the hospital under police guard for approximately three weeks, police said, after which he was taken to the police station.
Police said on Monday, charges were to be laid against Hodges, when he complained of feeling unwell. He appeared weak and gasping for breath and was taken back to hospital, where he died.
ASP Ramkhelawan is investigating.