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Collin County Sheriff Asks For Patience In Investigation Over In-Custody Death

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An investigation is underway over the in-custody death of Marvin Scott III.

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KEN MOLESTINA: For the first time the Collin County Sheriff's Department has laid out a detailed account about what happened in the hours before an inmate died in their custody. CBS 11's J.D. Miles is more from outside of the jail in McKinney where seven detention officers have now been placed on administrative leave, and a criminal investigation is underway.

J.D. MILES: There were already concerns about Marvin Scott III's physical and mental health when he was brought to the Collin County jail on Sunday evening by Allen police. He was arrested for possession of less than two ounces of marijuana. After days of protests and demands for answers about how the 26-year-old man died inside the jail, Collin County Sheriff Jim Skinner today laid out the first account of what happened.

JIM SKINNER: While in the booking area, Mr. Scott exhibited some strange behavior. Several detention officers tried to secure him to a restraint bed.

J.D. MILES: Skinner says officers used pepper spray and also placed a spit mask on Scott. About four hours later, Scott was on the restraint bed when he reportedly was found unresponsive and taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

JIM SKINNER: As you might imagine, I was broken-hearted to learn that someone had died in our custody.

J.D. MILES: The Sheriff has placed seven detention officers involved on administrative leave pending the outcome of two investigations.

JIM SKINNER: What's needed now is patience. I'm not here to make excuses for anyone. People are upset. The family is upset. The community is upset. I'm upset. The death of this young man is a profound tragedy, and we have an obligation to uncover the full and complete truth, firm, concrete, and factual information.

LEE MERRITT: The statement that he gave today was neither thorough nor transparent.

J.D. MILES: Members of Scott's family and their attorney Lee Merritt heard the Sheriff's comments and continue to question the decisions made, insisting the man wasn't simply acting strange, but instead experiencing mental health issues and should have been hospitalized.

LEE MERRITT: It wasn't just weird. It was a mental health crisis. It is a huge deal to disrespect him in that way. There are going to be consequences.

J.D. MILES: Now the Sheriff's department investigation will focus on administrative policies and whether or not they were followed. The Texas Rangers will look into whether or not a crime occurred. In McKinney, J.D. Miles, "CBS 11 News".