OSP: Man arrested by Salem Police had ‘medical emergency’


49-year-old Allen Pitts recently relocated to Salem

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The man who died in police custody on Saturday night has been identified by the Oregon State Police.

Authorities said 49-year-old Allen Pitts recently relocated to Salem.

Salem Police Department officers were called out to the Best Little Roadhouse around 9:40 p.m. Saturday after management reported a disturbance and asked that Pitts be removed from the restaurant. When officers tried to talk to Pitts in the dining area, a fight broke out, said Oregon State Police in a Monday update.

After Pitts was taken into custody, officers immediately called for medical personnel to “assess Pitts for a medical emergency,” said OSP. He was taken to Salem Hospital where he later died.

OSP investigators are continuing the investigation into Pitts’ death, which is being treated as an in-custody death. Authorities are asking to speak with anyone who may have video footage of the incident or who may have been with Pitts leading up to the events at the Best Little Roadhouse. Officers can be reached at the Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at 1800-442-2068 — request Detective Ted Moisan.

This is a developing story and KOIN 6 News will continue to track any updates.

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