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Bronx man dies after trying to grab cop’s gun while cuffed

A Bronx man died in police custody Sunday after he tried to grab a cop’s gun while cuffed in his apartment, then lost consciousness as officers subdued him, authorities said.

When officers arrived at the Reservoir Ave. apartment in Jerome Park just after 4:50 p.m., a 71-year-old man told them his son, who cops later identified as Dwayne Pritchett, 48, was refusing to come out of his bedroom.

The son suddenly opened the door in the third-floor apartment, and cops saw a handgun magazine on the floor, according to police.

They entered the room and cuffed him, but Pritchett tried to grab an officer’s gun from its holster, authorities said.

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Cops pulled him from the room, forcing him to the floor, sources said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how Pritchett was subdued, though sources said the officers did not use a Taser.

Cops found drug paraphernalia and a gun in his bedroom, sources said.

“Be advised, the EDP (emotionally disturbed person) is having a mental episode. He locked himself in the bedroom. He is not on his medication. No weapons,” a police radio dispatcher told arriving officers assigned to the 50th Precinct.

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“EDP is fighting, needs to be contained, in custody?” the police radio dispatcher is heard saying at about 5:14 p.m.

At some point, the man lost consciousness, and arriving medics, thinking he may have been overdosing on drugs, tried to revive him with naloxone, sources said.

Medics took him to New York Presbyterian/The Allen Hospital, where he died just before 6:45 p.m., according to sources.

The medical examiner will determine how he died, and the NYPD’s Force Investigation Division is looking into his death.

Police still had Pritchett’s apartment building blocked off early Monday as they investigated.


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