Crestview man dies while in custody after disturbance

CPDCRESTVIEW, Fla., March 28, 2019–A Crestview man died Thursday after causing a disturbance in an area north of downtown.

Keauntay L. McNabb, 28, was pronounced dead a short time after his arrival at the North Okaloosa Medical Center.

At 5:05 a.m. Thursday morning, the Crestview Police Department received a 911 call from a man in the 1200 block of Walter Avenue who said he was “in danger” and “was going to die.”

He didn’t give a reason before hanging up.

Officers arrived in the area but were unable to locate the caller.

Meanwhile, Crestview Police received another 911 call from the area of the 1900 block of North Pearl Street which intersects Walter Avenue.

The caller said someone was aggressively banging on the front door and found McNabb, who charged at the homeowner.

McNabb was described as a tall, muscular black male wearing shorts and a light-colored shirt and dreadlocks.

He began kicking and pushing his way through the front door. The homeowners attempted to brace the door shut, but McNabb made his way inside.

The homeowner, armed with a gun, threatened to shoot McNabb, who by this time was standing in the entry. He left and headed north on Pearl Street toward Lonnie Jack Drive.

When officers arrived at North Pearl Street, they heard a male voice yelling “help me” loudly in the area of Lonnie Jack Drive which intersects with North Pearl Street, just a few yards away.

Other responding officers went directly to Lonnie Jack Drive.

While this was happening, a resident in the 100 block of Lonnie Jack Drive called 911 and reported a black male with the same description was aggressively pounding on his front door and ringing the doorbell.

The frightened homeowner did not open the door.

Officers arrived moments later and saw McNabb running down Lonnie Jack Drive before moving toward the front of another residence.

McNabb, yelling, “I need help. They are going to kill me,” was instructed to move toward the police.

Acting erratic and sweating profusely, he threw a cellphone and plastic bag containing a white substance onto the hood of a patrol vehicle.

Officers attempted to detain McNabb, but he began pulling away and became aggressive and combative before he was wrestled to the ground.

Eventually, he was handcuffed.

Suspecting a drug overdose, the officers called EMS.

Breathing heavily and still sweating profusely, McNabb began to calm down as the officers spoke to him.

While waiting for EMS, McNabb stopped breathing and had no pulse.

Crestview Fire Department arrived and began cardio pulmonary resuscitation until EMS arrived to transport McNabb to the hospital.

McNabb was pronounced dead a short time after his arrival at North Okaloosa Medical Center.

His death is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement because he was in police custody at the time.

Responding officers who interacted with McNabb have been temporarily placed on modified duty pending a debriefing, per protocol.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement has the lead on this investigation.

Crestview Police Department release

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