NY Man Dies While Handcuffed in Ambulance

U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Tryphena Mayhugh

Anne Hayes



A 36-year-old Nedrow man who was handcuffed in an ambulance died on the way to a hospital Tuesday, according to the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.

The man had been handcuffed because he was aggressive with ambulance crews trying to help him, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

The man who died was Daniel Gibson.

Related: Proper Restraint Technique Starts in the Classroom

The state Attorney General’s Office has taken over the investigation, according to Sgt. Jon Seeber, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

The AG’s office investigates all deaths that occur while someone is in police custody, Seeber said.

TLC ambulance and sheriff’s deputies responded to a home at 6:18 a.m. Tuesday on the 200 block of Hudson Avenue in the town of Onondaga, he said in the news release.

Gibson was unconscious so medical personnel administered Naloxone, a treatment for narcotic overdoses, he said. Within seconds the man regained consciousness but became physically combative, striking and kicking medical personnel and a deputy, he said.

Gibson ran out of the home abruptly and became increasingly aggressive towards personnel before becoming unconscious again, he said.

For the safety of the man and the personnel on the scene, Gibson was placed in handcuffs and transferred to a stretcher so medical personnel could treat him, Seeber said.

Gibson was placed in the ambulance but went into cardiac arrest on the way to Upstate Community Hospital. He was officially pronounced dead at the hospital a short time later.

Staff writer Anne Hayes covers breaking news, crime and public safety. Have a tip, a story idea, a question or a comment? You can reach her at ahayes@syracuse.com.

©2021 Advance Local Media LLC. Visit syracuse.com. Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.


  • Updates from 70 leading newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, with bureaus around the world; Chicago Tribune; Miami Herald; The Dallas Morning News; Seattle Times; and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

No posts to display