ID released of man who died after being taken into police custody

Mug shot of Lance Royal provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Department. Royal died after being taken to a hospital while in police custody on June 25, 2015.

The Allen County’s Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the man who died after being transported from the Fort Wayne Police Department in critical condition to a hospital. The man has been identified as Lance Royal, 33. His cause and manner of death are still pending.

The woman Royal was with has been identified as Porshea N. Gentry, 31. She remains in critical condition as of Friday afternoon.

The Fort Wayne Police Department released the following officer’s names involved in the investigation:

  • Detective Sgt. Jonathan Bowers
  • Detective Kurt Franceus
  • Detective Juan Gutierrez
  • Detective Shane Heath
  • Detective Cameron Norris

This is an update to the previously published story:

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Fort Wayne Police Department and Indiana State Police are investigating after a man died while in police custody on Thursday.

“We want to make sure everything is done perfectly in this investigation to show the community that the Fort Wayne Police Department is transparent. Like I said that was my stance when I took the office to be transparent to show the community that the Fort Wayne Police Department has nothing to hide,” Hamilton said at the press conference at Rousseau Centre, which is FWPD’s headquarters.

Around 10:45 Thursday morning, detectives with the Vice & Narcotics unit and members of the Emergency Services Team served a search warrant at a home in the 3500 block of Oliver Street.

The woman, identified as Porshea Gentry,  who was the target of the warrant wasn’t there, and police learned she was at a location in the 8600 block of Lakeside Drive.

Mug shot of Porshea Gentry provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Department. Gentry was arrested on June 25, 2015 and taken to a hospital after police believe she ingested crack cocaine.
Mug shot of Porshea Gentry provided by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department. Gentry was arrested on June 25, 2015 and taken to a hospital after police believe she ingested crack cocaine.

Detectives set up surveillance and saw Gentry and a man get into a vehicle and drive away. They conducted a traffic stop in the 8200 block of Bridgeway Drive.

During that time, detectives saw what they believed to be both Gentry and Royal ingest narcotics. Once the suspects were taken out of the vehicle, they saw the man spit something out.

Gentry told investigators she wasn’t feeling well and an ambulance was called to the scene. Both suspects were evaluated by medics and Royal refused treatment. Gentry was taken to a hospital where doctors determined she was in critical condition.

Detectives took the man to the police station for an interview. Shortly after that, he appeared to be in distress and medical personnel were called. Before medics got there, the man suffered cardiac arrest. Police performed CPR until medics and fire personnel arrived. The man was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The five detectives associated with the incident are on paid administrative leave. Hamilton said he believed it’s the most FWPD employees on leave at one time ever.

Indiana State Police, the Allen County Coroner’s office and the Allen County Prosecutor’s office are assisting the FWPD in this investigation.

Watch Hamilton’s full announcement here:

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