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."