Po­lice: Man who OD’d died in cus­tody


Austin po­lice re­ported Sun­day that a man died while in po­lice cus­tody after ear­lier swal­low­ing a large amount of drugs. Chris Givens, 33, died in the hospi­tal on Sun­day at 11:28 a.m.

Givens had been placed into po­lice cus­tody early Satur­day after Austin Travis-County EMS and the Austin Fire Depart­ment re­sponded to an over­dose call, of­fi­cials said.

Givens had swal­lowed a large amount of drugs and was show­ing signs of dis­tress, po­lice said. He was placed in hand­cuffs as a safety pre­cau­tion to the of­fi­cers on scene, of­fi­cials said.

Po­lice said he was never placed in a pa­trol car or taken to jail. Medics im­me­di­ately saw that his con­di­tion was wors­en­ing and took him to the hospi­tal, of­fi­cials said.

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