Kings Park Man Dies After Struggle With Police

A 60-year-old Kings Park man who hit his head while being restrained by Suffolk County police officers at Stony Brook University Hospital three weeks ago died this weekend, authorities said.

Officers had responded to a report that Lawrence Ports was behaving irrationally at his Hemlock Drive home when they called in the  Suffolk County Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team that determined Port be hospitalized Sept. 24.

“Ports became combative and attempted to flee from the officers” while at the hospital, police said in a news release. Ports suffered a head injury during the struggle.

He was treated at the hospital, where his condition deteriorated and he was pronounced dead Friday.

His body was taken to the Suffolk County Medical Examiner’s office, where an autopsy will be performed to determine his cause of death.

Police are continuing the investigation into the incident.

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