Man dies in Raleigh Police custody after woman describes him ‘going hysterical’

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A man died while in the custody of Raleigh police Monday morning, the department said, and 911 calls released later in the day reveal a woman desperately calling for police to come to the scene.

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Officers responded to a disturbance in the 3000 block of Slippery Elm Drive and took an adult male into custody.

Raleigh police identified the man as Carl Devince King, 52, of 3032 Slippery Elm Dr.

Carl King died shortly after his arrest.

Cassandra Morris said she called 911 because her King, her roommate, was “going crazy.”

In the 911 call, Morris said, “He’s going hysterical. He’s going crazy. He’s at some neighbor’s house and – I don’t know what we he did – he keeps slamming the door and hollering.

“I really need somebody out here quick. Please hurry up. I don’t know if he’s broken into these people’s house.

“He’s over there hollering now.”

As Morris is on the phone, a confrontation ensues in which she speaks directly to Carl King.

“Get out of here! Oh Lord! Please don’t do me – ow! Oh God, stop, don’t do this! Don’t do that! Calm down please!” she screamed.

“I can’t help it,” a man said back.

‘Yes you can,” Morris said. “You can – please stop. Plesae! No. Please!

“Calm down. Please calm down.”

And then in a calmer voice, she told him, “Please – let me get you some water.”

At that point, the phone call cut off.

The man’s sister, Mary King, didn’t want to talk on camera, but she told WNCN’s Emma Wright that her brother was a father of four and was planning to buy a house in the neighborhood.

Mary King said she’s not sure why police were called or why her brother was arrested.

Morris said police used handcuffs on Carl King’s legs to restrain him.

She said Carl King complained he couldn’t breathe.

“He broke a lamp, so they had him on glass on his back he was like, ‘I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe.’ I said, ‘Carl! It’s the police don’t do that!’ ”

Carl King’s son, Carlos, said all he knows is that his dad is gone and he wants to know exactly what happened.

“What I’m understanding is he died due to police activity,” Carlos King said.

Neighbors said the area is normally very quiet and they didn’t even realize anything had happened until they woke up and saw all the police cars in the area.

The State Bureau of Investigation was still on scene late Monday morning.

In addition to the SBI’s investigation, the Raleigh Police Department’s Internal Affairs Unit is conducting an investigation to see if departmental policies were followed.

Raleigh police detectives are investigating the events that occurred before the 911 call was placed.

Carl King had been arrest twice in the past for assault on a female.

He was arrested March 12, 2011 and then July 19, 2015. Court documents show Carl King was scheduled to appear in court this week for July’s charges.

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