2012-12-26 / Local & State

Ex-chief Dies After Struggle With Pa. Officers

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A former police chief in suburban Pittsburgh has died after struggling with officers who were arresting him in another community.

Authorities say that onetime Rankin chief Darryl Briston died late Saturday after attempting to flee police and security at the Meadows Racetrack and Casino.

State police allege Briston had just punched a man who was with his ex-wife at the casino in North Strabane Township.

They say Briston then ran but was captured after a foot chase. Police say they used a stun gun on the 49-year-old North Braddock resident because he resisted handcuffs.

Briston soon had difficulty breathing. Police say they called an ambulance, but Briston went into cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.

Briston was fired as Rankin chief in 2004 after being indicted on theft charges.

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