DALLAS — Dallas County officials said a man died after a Saturday morning scuffle with a deputy at the county jail.
Officials said the incident happened after the unidentified man ran into the jail lobby screaming for help, saying that his wife was out to kill him. The man was later identified as Joseph Hutcheson.
Multiple witnesses said several deputies were on top of the 47-year-old man; a knee was seen on Hutcheson's neck.
"They had him in handcuffs, he wasn't fighting back, he wasn't, not letting them restrain him, he was saying, 'I can't breathe, I can't breath,'" said April Berryhill, who was also waiting in the jail's lobby.
"One of the officers had him down on the ground with his knee on his neck."
The county says a nurse was called while Hutcheson was handcuffed and unresponsive. CPR was performed until Dallas Fire-Rescue paramedics arrived to take Hutcheson to Parkland Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
"When a person is asking for help, someone should reach out and help them...try and see what's going on with the person before you go in and start treating him like a dog," said Tiffany Todd White, a visitor at the jail who saw the incident.
Visitors to the jail were being told that the facility was "closed for the day."