A Kings Park man died Friday at Stony Brook University Hospital after he was seriously injured during a struggle with police officers who were taking him for an evaluation, Suffolk County police said in a statement.
The man, Lawrence Ports, 60, had been taken to the hospital on Sept. 24. Police said officers were initially called to a home on Hemlock Drive in Kings Park for a man “behaving irrationally.”
Police said they requested assistance from the Suffolk County Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team, which “offers crisis intervention services” to residents experiencing psychiatric or emotional problems, according to a state website. The team “makes referrals” or arranges for hospitalizations, a description on the site said. Cops said that team determined that Ports should be taken to Stony Brook University Hospital.
When the officers arrived at the hospital, Ports allegedly “became combative” and attempted to flee from police. “The officers restrained Ports, and during the incident Ports suffered a head injury,” the police statement said.
Ports was admitted to the hospital and remained there until his death on Friday. Officials said his condition had deteriorated over the time.
Authorities said they are conducting an ongoing investigation, which began after Ports was hospitalized. The Suffolk County medical examiner’s office is expected to perform an autopsy.
There was no phone number listed for Ports’ home.