DALLAS –– A 32-year-old man booked into the City Detention Center Monday night was found dead in his cell early the next morning, triggering an internal investigation about why he was removed from general population.
Dallas police Lt. Midge Boyle said Brian Michael Hunter, 32, was pulled over at LBJ Freeway and Abrams Road at 10:45 p.m. Monday after he made an unsafe lane change. Two officers from the northeast patrol division conducted the traffic stop.
Hunter, Boyle said, had traffic warrants out of Arlington and Wylie. And so, at 11:40 p.m., he was booked into the City Detention Center at 1600 Chestnut. Boyle said he did not tell staffers that he had any medical conditions. The detention center does not have medical staff on duty, meaning if an inmate has a health condition, they’re instead taken to the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, Boyle said.
Hunter was moved into general population. At some point, he was moved into an isolated cell. Boyle said he was found unconscious in the cell at 2:15 a.m. and rushed to Baylor Medical Center, where he was declared dead.
The Dallas Police Department’s special investigative unit is conducting a criminal investigation into the death.
“What circumstance led him to be moved, that's still under investigation. Most arrestees probably go into general population and are not placed into isolation,” Boyle said.
Investigators will review video footage taken from the patrol cars as well as cameras stationed through the City Detention Center. A cause of death is pending an autopsy by the Dallas County Medical Examiner.
Boyle said arresting officers “had no indication that (Hunter) was intoxicated by any means.” Although the City Marshal’s Office runs the detention center, Boyle said it lacks the resources to conduct its own investigation. As such, Dallas police is heading it.