Police "In Custody" Death Investigation In Omaha

An investigation is underway after a man dies while in police custody at a central Omaha bowling alley.

Police say officers were called to the "West Lanes" near 72nd and Dodge on a 9-1-1 call of an autistic man out of control and biting people.

They say 30-year old Eric Liao was being restrained by a bowling alley worker when officers arrived and became unresponsive while being handcuffed.

An officer administered CPR before the man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

The police department says an initial review of the officers’ body-worn cameras showed they did not utilize force or attempt to hold Liao down.

The incident is being investigated by the Omaha Police Officer-Involved Investigations Team in conjunction with investigators from the Nebraska State Patrol and Sarpy County Sheriff’s Office.

Under Nebraska law, this case will be presented to a grand jury once the investigation is complete.

The law requires a grand jury to be summoned when a person dies while in the custody of, or while being apprehended by law enforcement.

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