The death of a schizophrenic Texas inmate who died while being restrained by corrections officers has been ruled a homicide, according to a report.
Marvin Scott III died of “fatal acute stress response in an individual with previously diagnosed schizophrenia during restraint struggle with law enforcement” at a county jail on March 14, Collin County Medical Examiner William Rohr ruled, CBS affiliate KTVT-TV reported Wednesday.
Marvin was jailed on a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge after his arrest in Allen, Texas, the station said.
The 26-year-old Frisco resident was initially taken to a hospital after his arrest while suffering a possible mental health crisis.
He was then taken to the jail and started “exhibiting some strange behavior” in the booking area, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner said at a press conference last month after the fatal incident.
Scott was then restrained to a bed and pepper-sprayed, and had a spit hood placed over his head and kept there for about four hours, authorities said.
Seven corrections officers at the Collin County Jail, including a captain, a lieutenant, and two sergeants were fired earlier this month over Marvin’s death.
Six of the officers are appealing their terminations, and the seventh won his appeal last week, KTVT said.