Man who died in police custody identified


OKLAHOMA CITY — A man tried to force his way into several cars at a northwest metro convenience store Saturday, but died later from an unknown cause after being arrested by Oklahoma City Police, authorities say.

28-year-old Oral Allen Murray of Roland died after being transported by EMSA to a local hospital, Cpt. Dexter Nelson said Tuesday. Nelson said Murray’s death was not the result of officer wrongdoing.

The incident happened Saturday afternoon at a Shell station near NW 10th and Meridian. Witnesses said Murray was trying to force his way into cars and assault the occupants.

However, he wasn’t trying to steal the cars.  He was trying to cool himself off. Authorities believe he was under the influence of narcotics.

Murray had to be forced into custody, Nelson said, but while in a patrol car, Murray came under some type of distress.

“The officers did not use any blunt objects,” Cpt. Nelson says. “They didn’t use any kicks or punches on this individual. They basically wrestled him to the ground and held him until they could handcuff him.”

The cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner.

Since 2010, Murray had plead guilty to DUI, public intoxication and assault and battery on a police officer.

The three officers involved were all placed on administrative leave. However, at the chief’s discretion, all are now back to full duty.


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