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Tupelo man dies several hours after arrest

A 57-year-old man died in custody at the Lee County Jail.

Posted: Sep 3, 2019 3:46 PM
Updated: Sep 3, 2019 3:56 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A man died less than 24 hours after Tupelo police arrested him for disorderly conduct.

Tupelo police officers responded to the America’s Best Value Inn on East Main Street on Friday evening.

According to the Tupelo Police Department, the motel’s management was trying to evict an occupant, Vincent Leone, for noise complaints.

Police say Leone, 57, of Tupelo, refused commands to open his door or leave the property.

The motel’s management opened the room and officers made the arrest.

Leone was transported to the Lee County Jail where he declined medical attention, according to the Tupelo Police Department.

At approximately 3 a.m. the next day, Tupelo police were notified that Leone was unresponsive and medical personnel were en-route to the jail.

However, he could not be revived, according to Tupelo police.

Police spokesman Capt. Charles McDougald said Tupelo police are working with the Lee County Sheriff’s Department regarding the case.

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