Man Collapses, Dies While in Police Custody

After being escorted to his cell block, police say Steven Mondon suffered a "medical emergency"

Officials say a 52-year-old Providence, Rhode Island, man arrested on drug charges collapsed at the Public Safety Complex and died while in police custody.

Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare says Steven Mondon's death will be investigated by Providence police's Office of Professional Responsibility, state police and the state Attorney General's Office.

Police say Mondon was arrested without incident at his Cathedral Square apartment by officers with the department's Narcotics and Organized Crime Bureau around 8 a.m. Monday. He was charged with delivering illegal prescription drugs.

After being escorted to his cell block, police say Mondon suffered a "medical emergency." Firefighters attempted to revive him, but Mondon was later pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

A state Department of Health spokesman said Tuesday that a cause of death has yet to be determined.

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