Naked man in handcuffs drowns in Oklahoma pond after running from police while handcuffed

Naked man in handcuffs drowns in Oklahoma pond after escaping police custody – suspect had broken into Tulsa apartment complex clubhouse by throwing a brick through a window

  • A handcuffed man died after jumping into a pond to escape police custody
  • The unidentified suspect had broken into the clubhouse of the Shoreline Apartments in Tulsa prior to his death 
  • When police arrived, they found that the man had thrown a brick through the glass on the door to the clubhouse
  • The man was found inside, naked, with his wet clothing items strewn about  

A man who was handcuffed while in police custody drowned after running away from officers and jumping into a pond in Oklahoma

The incident happened just after 4am on Thursday, according to the Tulsa Police Department

Officials said that they were called to the Shoreline Apartment Homes on the city’s east side. 

Upon arrival at the clubhouse of the complex, officers discovered a glass door smashed in with a brick. 

When they entered the clubhouse, they found the unidentified suspect inside, completely naked. 

The Tulsa Police Department's Dive Team was called in after the man jumped into the pond around 4am Thursday and never resurfaced

The Tulsa Police Department’s Dive Team was called in after the man jumped into the pond around 4am Thursday and never resurfaced

Prior to him being placed under arrest, the man had thrown a brick through the glass of the Shoreline Apartments' clubhouse in order to gain entry

Prior to him being placed under arrest, the man had thrown a brick through the glass of the Shoreline Apartments’ clubhouse in order to gain entry

Officers immediately placed the man under arrest without incident, according to a post from the Tulsa Police Department. 

While the officers searched for the man’s clothing in the office of the clubhouse, police said he ‘remained cooperative.’ 

After a short time, they found his clothing items, wet, strewn about the room. 

As officers with the Oklahoma agency were investigating, the man ‘made a break for it,’ officials said. 

He then kicked the back door of the clubhouse, jumped the patio’s railing and went into the pond located right behind the building. 

Officers began to chase him as began going further into the pond, getting into the water themselves. 

The police department said that the group of responders attempted to save him ‘in challenging conditions.’ 

‘They made a valiant effort, but the suspect went under the water and did not resurface,’ the post said. 

The back patio of the clubhouse can be seen on the right side of the picture. The man reportedly jumped over the patio's railing and into the water while handcuffed

The back patio of the clubhouse can be seen on the right side of the picture. The man reportedly jumped over the patio’s railing and into the water while handcuffed 

The Tulsa Police Dive Team was called to the scene after he went under. 

According to officials, the team was searching in about 10 feet of water and the murky conditions provided ‘little to no visibility.’ 

After several hours of searching, the man’s body was recovered just after 9am. 

DailyMail.com reached out to several officials with the Tulsa Police Department for comment on the investigation but did not receive comment by the time of publication.

‘We are in the process of locating next of kin for the suspect. More information will be released as it becomes available,’ police said. 

The Tulsa Police Department’s Facebook post blew up after being posted Thursday morning by the law enforcement agency as residents responded to the wild tale.

The Tulsa Police Department posted this to Facebook Thursday morning, explaining the situation of how the suspect got away and drowned after being placed under arrest

The Tulsa Police Department posted this to Facebook Thursday morning, explaining the situation of how the suspect got away and drowned after being placed under arrest

More than 1,500 people have reacted to the post, which included photos of the diving team investigating the pond and the smashed glass, and 800 have commented on it. 

Reactions ranged from anger to sadness to skepticism over the details of the incident. 

DailyMail.com also contacted the Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office to see if an autopsy has been scheduled. Officials did not respond to calls or emails for comments. 

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