KINGSBRIDGE HEIGHTS, Bronx (WABC) -- Over a week after the death of a Bronx man in police custody, the New York state attorney general's office will launch a probe into the circumstances surrounding what happened.
The investigation involves the death of 48-year-old Dwayne Pritchett on January 28th after police say he was handcuffed and reached for an officer's gun during a scuffle.
"The Attorney General's Special Investigations and Prosecutions Unit has opened an investigation into the death of Dwayne Pritchett, pursuant to the Attorney General's authority under Executive Order No. 147. We're committed to conducting an independent, comprehensive, and fair investigation," a spokesperson for the Attorney General said.
Pritchett's 71-year-old father had originally called police after his son began acting strange and locked himself inside his room.
But according to police, when Pritchett opened the door after their arrival, they noticed a handgun in the room. After the scuffle during the arrest, Pritchett fell unconscious and appeared to the officers on the scene to have overdosed on drugs.
He later died at New York Presbyterian The Allen Hospital.
The NYPD's Force Investigation Division has already launched their own investigation into Pritchett's death.
New York Attorney General to investigate death of man in police custody in the Bronx