Suspect Dies In Crestview Police Department Custody

March 28, 2019

Crestview, FL —  At 5:05 a.m. Thursday morning, March 28, 2019, the Crestview Police Department received a 911 call from a man in the 1200 block of Walter Avenue, who was saying that he was “in danger.” While officers were being dispatched to the unknown situation, the caller was making other statements that “he was going to die.” A reason was never given and the caller then disconnected from 911.

Officers arrived in the area but were unable to locate the caller. At the same time the Crestview Police Department was receiving another 911 call from the area of the 1900 block of North Pearl Street which intersects with Walter Avenue. The caller advised that there was someone who was banging on the front door of the residence aggressively, and when they made contact at the front door, was met by the subject who charged at the homeowner. He was described as a tall, muscular black male wearing shorts and a light colored shirt and dreadlocks. The subject began kicking and pushing his way through the front door of the residence. The homeowners attempted to brace the front door shut, however, the subject gained entry into the residence. As the subject stood inside the home in the entry of the residence, the homeowner, who was armed with a firearm, threatened to shoot the subject at which time the subject fled north on Pearl Street towards Lonnie Jack Drive.

Keauntay Lamar McNabb

As officers arrived, at the residence on North Pearl Street, officers were able to hear a male yelling “help me” loudly in the area of Lonnie Jack Drive, which intersects with North Pearl Street, just a few yards away. Other responding officers diverted to Lonnie Jack Drive. At the same time, a resident in the 100 block of Lonnie Jack Drive called 911 and reported that a black male with the same description as provided by the victim on North Pearl Street, was aggressively pounding on his front door and ringing the doorbell. The homeowner, who feared for the safety of their family, did not open the front door.

Officers arrived moments later and observed the subject running in the roadway of Lonnie Jack Drive and then towards the front of another residence. Officers instructed the subject to come to them as the subject yelled, “I need help, they are going to kill me.” The subject, who was acting extremely erratic and was sweating profusely, standing and then kneeling without reason, then threw a cellphone and a plastic bag containing a white substance onto the hood of a patrol vehicle. As officers attempted to detain the subject, and he began pulling away from officers and refused to comply. As officers continued to attempt to detain the subject he became aggressively combative with officers, wrestling with officers to the ground. Eventually, officers were able to get handcuffs on the subject. After he was detained, officers, believing there may be a drug overdose due to the erratic behavior of the subject, requested EMS to respond to their location on Lonnie Jack Drive.

As officers spoke with the subject, who was then identified as 28-year-old Keauntay L. McNabb of Crestview, he began calming down, but was breathing heavily and sweating profusely. As the subject and officers awaited the arrival of EMS, the subject stopped responding to officers and his breathing ceased. Officers determined he had become unresponsive and immediately began checking his pulse. They were unable to obtain one. At the same time, the Crestview Fire Department arrived on scene and began Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), until Okaloosa EMS arrived to transport the subject to North Okaloosa Medical Center.

Mr. McNabb was pronounced dead a short time later after his arrival at North Okaloosa Medical Center. Due to his death occurring while in the custody of the Crestview Police Department, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement was contacted to conduct the investigation into Mr. McNabb’s death.

None of the homeowners or callers were injured during their interactions with Mr. McNabb.

In accordance with protocol, responding officers who interacted with Mr. McNabb have been temporarily placed on modified duty pending a debriefing.

As the Crestview Police Department has relinquished the jurisdiction of the death into the care of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the Crestview Police Department will not be making additional releases pertaining to the investigation and will be referring any future inquires to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, McNabb was released from prison in 2016 after serving a 3 year sentence for Trafficking in Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana and Possession of a concealed weapon during the commission of a felony

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