Portage County Sheriff ID's Ravenna Township man who died after being detained by deputies

Record-Courier Staff Report Published:

The investigation into the death of a Ravenna Township man who died Tuesday at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna after being detained by Portage County sheriff's deputies following a reported fight is continuing, Portage County Sheriff David Doak said Wednesday.

The Portage County Sheriff's Office announced that Wallace M. "Michael" Coney, 53, with a last known address of 6628 Cleveland Road, died at Robinson Memorial after being detained following a disturbance in the McElrath allotment.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office in Akron was scheduled to perform an autopsy on Coney, according to the sheriff's office.

Portage County Sheriff David Doak said deputies responded just before 1 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a fight in the area of Sumner Street and McElrath Avenue.

Initial reports were that the incident was a fight between Coney and an "acquaintance" over a card game, he said, with some pushing but no punches being thrown.

Deputies who were in the area stopped Coney and questioned him about the incident, Doak said. While doing so, they discovered he had a warrant for his arrest in Bainbridge Township in Geauga County, and he was handcuffed and placed in the back of a patrol car.

Bainbridge police were unable to pick Coney up because of a shortage of available officers, Doak said. As Portage County deputies went to release Coney from custody, they found him unresponsive in the back of the patrol car, he said.

Deputies called for Ravenna Township paramedics and began CPR at the scene, assisted by a bystander, Doak said. Coney was transported in an ambulance to Robinson Memorial, where he was pronounced dead, he said.

"Deputies described Mr. Coney as being cooperative and (he) showed no obvious sign of injury, nor did he verbally express any concerns of a health issue," Doak said. "He had no visible injuries from the alleged altercation."

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  • Cents, I bet the Llama solved more crime than you!!!

  • intheknow thank you for clearing up Miss Holbrook's comment, I wasn't able to understand it at all!! Sad anytime someone dies but why do we make them a "saint" when he clearly was not. Miss Holbrook did you or anyone else at the scene say "thank you" to the deputy that gave him CPR, I'm sure you didn't nor did anyone of his friends or family. I don't believe your attitude or the attitude and/or actions of his "friends" and family are Christian like now are they?! Typical religious hypocrites.

  • First, you must understand that you are getting the story from the police. And your comments come from absence at the scene. He was in distress when they put the cuffs on and they ignored it. When the police were notified by SOMEONE ELSE that something was wrong, they would not get him out of the car. They did not give him CPR, a witness did. From the time his heart attack started, it was nearly 30 minutes before an ambulance was seen. As already stated, know the situation. It sounds like you are justifying the police allowing this man to die with the fact that he had a past, you don't know what the warrant was for. Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Unless you knew him and were there, you have nothing credible to say. Respect the deceased and his family. If you have ever lost anyone, you know that this ignorance is only going to add to the grief.

  • Miss-Holbrook: Although it probably seemed like 15 minutes, it took 6 minutes for that ambulance to get there. Sorry for your loss.

  • He was wanted for driving without a license. He seemed to evade facing up to his responsibility for 3 years, so it had been dismissed. Talking junk about the officers that were doing there job isn't gonna help. Remember this next time you need them. Don't call if you think so highly of them. In the mean time this wonderful man seemed to commit several offenses of domestic violence. Fact* Fact* Fact* and it doesn't matter if it's out of their jurisdiction. You think if you commit a crime somewhere else you shouldn't be prosecuted for it? If that was the case all criminals would have to do is run away. They call it a holder and you don't have to be an officer to know that turn on your t.v. and watch a&e. While I understand the hurt that losing a loved one can cause. Lashing out at someone that makes a simple analysis isn't gonna heal your pain. People are dying at an alarming rate at the hands of heroin pusher, cigarettes, and even pure stupidity (1000 ways to die). Oh and by the way I don't remember the last time I read the bible and it said to smack a woman, while it does say if your right hand offends you cut it off.

  • What's the Llama doin in uniform? That guy couldn't solve his way out of a wet paper bag!

  • MC was a wonderful man. Ravenna Cops are so crooked, of curse they r gone make it look like it wasnt theyre fault, they were performng CPR while still having hand cuffs on him behind his back, it took ambulance 15 mins too get there! And why would banbridge come too pick him up isnt that o9ut of their jurisdiction?? All seems sketchy too me. Micheal was a man of the LORD, and many will miss him! I love you MC!!

  • stanback thats my family your talking about watch what your saying how can you talk trash about someone who has passed away.know what he was wanted for before you speak real talk you probley have a family member who is a criminal

  • Sketchy? Seems pretty clear. Wanted criminal playing cards. Gets in an altercation with an "associate". Police are called and question suspect and find warrant for arrest. Deputies hold suspect for Bainbridge police who can not respond. When deputies go to release suspect, he is having medical issues so they call for paramedics and immediately start CPR. Transported to hospital. How long did he sit in cruiser? Long enough for Bainbridge to call and say they could not come. Sounds like it was handled by the book.

  • I wonder how long Mr. Coney was in the patrol car before anyone observed him in distress. Sketchy paragraph and details provided by the cops: {Bainbridge police were unable to pick Coney up because of a shortage of available officers, Doak said. As Portage County deputies went to release Coney from custody, they found him unresponsive in the back of the patrol car, he said.}