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  • In custody death interviews underway

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  • Jessica Brown, OSBI public information officer, confirmed Sunday agents are investigating the circumstances surrounding the “in custody” death of an Ardmore man Friday night.
    Ardmore Police Chief Ken Grace requested OSBI’s assistance when Rondre Hornbeak was found unresponsive inside a police car following his arrest.
    Brown said officers responded about 7 p.m. to a domestic assault report at an apartment, located at 1109 Holiday Drive
    “When officers arrived, they found Rondre Hornbeak’s hands restrained with a belt,” Brown said in a press release. “His sister and brother-in-law visited Hornbeak’s apartment to check on his welfare. When Hornbeak opened his apartment door, he immediately began to assault his sister.”
    Hornbeak was arrested for domestic violence and Capt. Kevin Norris APD Criminal Investigation Division, said Saturday the 38-year-old man was alert and walked to the police car unaided.
    “When the transporting officer arrived at the jail, the officer requested Hornbeak exit the vehicle. The officer noticed Hornbeak was unresponsive and called for medical help,” Brown said.
    Carter County Detention Center staff began resuscitation efforts until medics arrived on the scene. Hornbeak was rushed to Mercy Hospital. Norris said Hornbeak had been pronounced dead at the hospital about 8:20 p.m.
    Norris also said Saturday both officers involved in Hornbeak’s arrest remained assigned to their regular posts in the APD Patrol Division. He added the APD would not make any further comments on the investigation, deferring to the OSBI as the lead investigative agency.
    Sunday Brown said, “Agents have interviewed numerous witnesses where Hornbeak was taken into custody, interviewed family members, and officers. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy this week to determine the cause and manner of death.”
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