WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (WXII) — A press conference will be held Monday afternoon about the death of Travis Page, who died in police custody in December.
According to an email sent to media outlets, the 3:30 p.m. news conference will address the medical examiner’s findings and the District Attorney’s review of the investigation.
Page, 31, of Winston-Salem, died at the hospital following an incident that began around 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 near the Family Dollar on Old Rural Hall Road. Page was pepper-sprayed during a struggle and became unresponsive after being placed in handcuffs, police said.
Page matched the suspect description as officers responded to a shots fired call, police said. A foot pursuit and brief struggle ensued, and that’s when one of the officers pepper-sprayed Page, police said.
Officers found a gun on Page before he was taken to the hospital, police said. A police news release at the time also said a controlled substance was seized at the time of Page’s arrest.
Cpl. Robert Fenimore, Officer Christopher Doub, Officer Austin Conrad and Officer Jacob Tuttle were all placed on administrative duty during the investigation, which is standard department procedure. Conrad and Tuttle have three years or less of experience with Winston-Salem police, while Fenimore and Doub each have spent 20 years or more with the department.
The SBI has been involved with the investigation as well.
Page had a criminal history. He was serving three years’ probation after being convicted in February on drug and gun charges in Forsyth County.
He was convicted in March 2004 on charges of misdemeanor disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer. He also was convicted on felony breaking and entering charges about a decade ago. Both of those cases also took place in Forsyth County.
Ida Page, Travis’ mother, told WXII’s Margaret Johnson that Travis had some medical issues. Travis’ girlfriend Shireka Hayes said he suffered from schizophrenia.