Years after dying in police custody, Georgia man’s autopsy changed to homicide

After more than three years, the autopsy for a Columbus man who died in police custody has been amended to say he died by homicide, according to multiple media reports.

Hector Arreola called police twice for help on Jan. 9, 2017, while he was under the influence of methamphetamine, Columbus-based news station WLTZ reported. Before paramedics arrived, two Columbus police officers responded to the scene.

After Arreola become agitated, the two officers attempted to arrest the 30-year-old, the news station reported. He was tackled to the ground during the ensuing struggle. According to body camera footage obtained by WLTZ, he yelled out, “Ma, they’re gonna kill me,” during the incident.

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