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Man Dies In Police Custody

Lawton, Ok_The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating the death of Anthony Binder, who died Tuesday night while being taken into police custody.

OSBI Agent Richard Goss said investigators worked through the night conducting interviews and collecting evidence.  Now, the investigation is at a standstill until they receive the full toxicology report from the medical examiner's office.

Lawton police were dispatched to a home in the 4500 block of Southwest G Avenue after one of Binder's relatives called 9-1-1.  Upon arrival, the first officer was waived into the home. Inside he found Binder, 32, being held to the ground by two other men.

After the witnesses identified Binder as the person who started the disturbance, an officer took control and held Binder on the ground until backup arrived.  When the second officer arrived, the officers rolled Binder onto his stomach so they could talk to him and find out more about what happened.

That's when the officers noticed that Binder was no longer breathing.  They immediately began CPR and Binder was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Binder's body has been sent to the medical examiner's office to determine how or why he died. Because the death happened while he was in the custody of Lawton police, the OSBI was requested to conduct a full investigation.

The Lawton police department has not released any details about the disturbance.  However, statements by Binder's family to the dispatcher showed they thought Binder was under the influence of drugs at the time.

The two Lawton police officers involved will remain on administrative leave for the duration of the OSBI's investigation. 

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