Police investigating death of suspect in custody


OKLAHOMA CITY — Police are investigating the death of a man who died while in their custody.

Robin Leander Howard, 54, was arrested June 19 after a chase with police.

Police said they were making a traffic stop when Howard took off and led them on a short chase.

The chase ended when the suspect vehicle crashed in the 1400 block of Monticello Court.

According to police, Howard resisted arrest and officers used force when placing Howard in custody.

After the arrest, Howard was taken to the hospital.

Howard died four days later, June 23, in the hospital.

He was in police custody at the time of his death.

According to Oklahoma City Police Captain Dexter Nelson, the department has conducted an internal investigation regarding the use of force in Howard’s arrest.

The involved officers are four-year veteran Jeff Coffey and six-year veteran Doug Grady.

According to police, both officers were working a gang overtime program at the time of the arrest.

The Medical Examiner will determine the official cause of death.

District Attorney David Prater will determine if any criminal charges will be filed against the involved officers or if the use of force was justified.

The officers are not on administrative leave.