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KCPD: Man found unresponsive in holding cell dies days later

KCPD Shoal Creek Patrol Station
Posted at 11:16 AM, Jan 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-15 12:16:40-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man who was found unresponsive in a holding cell in late December after receiving medical treatment for intoxication died days later, according to Kansas City, Missouri, Police Department

Terry Farmer was found unresponsive in a holding cell at the Shoal Creek Patrol Division around 2 a.m. on Dec. 28. He was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and died on Dec. 31.

Police said Wednesday they were investigating his death as a possible suicide but were waiting for the medical examiner to determine the exact cause of death before completing the investigation.

Farmer was involved in a crash around 8:30 p.m. on Dec. 27 at Northeast Hill Road and North Oak Trafficway. Officers believed Farmer to be impaired, and he was taken to the Shoal Creek station as part of a suspicion of DUI investigation, police said.

While in police custody, it was determined that Farmer needed medical treatment due to his intoxication, police said. He was transported to an area hospital around 10:45 p.m. that same night.

After being treated at the hospital, he was released back to police custody and taken in for booking around 12:30 a.m., less than two hours before he was found unresponsive in his cell, according to police.

Detention facility officers responded and administered first aid before he was transported by EMS to the hospital.