Middle Island - (WALK) An investigation continues into the death of an emotionally disturbed man after a struggle with police at a group home in Middle Island Wednesday.
Dainell Simmons, 29, was a resident of Maryhaven Center of Hope on Currans Road. Police were called to the facility shortly after 8:15 p.m. Wednesday by employees who said Simmons was uncontrollable and violent. They requested that Simmons be taken to Stony Brook University Hospital as a psychiatric emergency case.
Simmons struggled with the responding police officers, who attempted to subdue him by using a Taser (stun gun) and pepper spray. During the struggle, Simmons became unresponsive. He was taken to John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, where he died, according to police.
Simmons' body was taken to the Suffolk medical examiner's office where an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of his death. Suffolk police say "multiple" officers were treated for injuries sustained sustained during the struggle.
Maryhaven is a group home for operated by Catholic Health Services of Long Island, serving adults, children and senior citizens with disabilities.
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