Dallas, Texas – The Dallas Police Department has instigated a thorough inquiry into the untimely demise of Xzavier Franklin, aged 39, who breathed his last following his detention as a prime suspect in a murder case, presently under exhaustive investigation.
Franklin found himself ensnared in the intricate web of law enforcement on June 21’s early hours as a traffic stop led to his apprehension. Consequently, the 39-year-old was escorted to the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department for interrogation related to the ongoing probe.
Dallas Police are investigating the death of a 39-year-old who died while in custody, bodycam footage released
In the unfolding chronicle, evidence surfaced from the body-worn camera footage that was made public by the Dallas police. The footage revealed the deteriorating health of Franklin, who, post the gruelling interview, was suffering bouts of sickness. The police have confirmed that Franklin had relayed to the officers his discomfort and dire need to seek immediate medical attention.
The Dallas Fire-Rescue Department stepped into the unfolding health crisis, transporting Franklin to a nearby hospital. However, their life-saving efforts proved futile when Franklin succumbed to his unknown ailment a few hours later.
This unfortunate event marks the second instance of a death in custody involving the Dallas Police Department in the ongoing year. Earlier in January, a 43-year-old man named Manuel Najera experienced a fatal cardiac arrest and subsequently passed away in a hospital, mere moments after he was taken into custody.
Dallas PD and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office are investigating the incident separately
This tragic episode has prompted both the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas County District Attorney’s Office to initiate separate, comprehensive investigations into Franklin’s death. On June 23, an autopsy was carried out to ascertain the exact cause of Franklin’s death. The investigative authorities, however, have yet to release the post-mortem results.