BENNINGTON — The Vermont State Police is investigating the death of a man at the Bennington Police Department after he was arrested Thursday afternoon.
Through preliminary investigation by VSP, there is no indication that Bennington police used physical force on the subject, according to a release.
He was one of three people taken into custody at about 3:50 p.m. as Bennington officers carried out a court-ordered search warrant related to a drug investigation at the Apple Valley Inn on U.S. Route 7. The subject was taken to the Bennington Police Department and placed in a holding cell, where he was discovered unresponsive at about 4:40 p.m.
Members of the police department provided emergency medical care and called first responders, but lifesaving efforts were unsuccessful, and the man was pronounced dead at 5:19 p.m. at the police station.
The name of the deceased man will be released after further investigation and notification of his relatives.
Following standard procedure, the Bennington Police Department notified the Vermont State Police of the death at 5:30 p.m., and detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Investigations responded to the station to perform a death investigation. An autopsy will be conducted at the Vermont Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Burlington to determine the cause and manner of death.
Further questions regarding the search warrant and the subject’s arrest should be directed to Bennington police.
No additional information is currently available. The investigation is ongoing, and the Vermont State Police will provide updates as the case proceeds.