Man Dies in Lockport Police Custody

Police called for man "not acting like himself" after taking medication

Tom Puckett
June 17, 2019 - 3:34 pm
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Lockport, NY (WBEN) A suspect died in the custody of Lockport Police early Monday morning after an incident that led to a scuffle with several officers.

Chief Steven Preisch says a woman called police for help for a man not acting like himself because of medication. "We sent a police officer and an ambulance to the residence. This is preliminary, but the first officer noted the man was incoherent, and at one point made a comment to go get a firearm. The officer at that point decided to close the distance and make contact to keep that from occurring which resulted in a physical altercation," says Priesch. A total of four Lockport Police cars and four Niagara County Sheriff's cars then responded.

Priesch says after 39 year old Troy Hodge was restrained, he had medical distress, and was rushed to an ambulance. Hodge did not respond to CPR treatment and died at Lockport Memorial Hospital.

Three officers suffered minor injuries in the scuffle. They are on administrative leave, which Preisch says is protocol in the matter. He adds the Niagara County DA's office and New York State Attorney General's office were notified. The officers have been identified as Lt. David Pytlik a 9-year veteran; Off. Daniel Barrancotta a 6-year veteran; and Officers Patricia Burdick and Marissa Bonito, who have both been with the department for a little more than a year.

Priesch says a knife and prescription medication were recovered.

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