Man Dies After Resisting Police During Possible Mental Breakdown
Police transported Patrick Raphael Toney to the hospital Friday after he was acting irrationally in a busy intersection in Odenton. He died Wednesday, and the cause is under investigation.
UPDATED: (3:23 p.m.)—Anne Arundel County police are investigating the death of a man who they rushed to the hospital following a possible mental health episode at a busy Odenton intersection last week.
Police said that Patrick Raphael Toney died Wednesday at Baltimore Washington Medical Center after being rushed there Friday by officers who had shackled him when he began acting irrationally.
The episode began at about 7:50 p.m. Friday, when a patrol sergeant from the county’s Western District was driving near the Crab Galley and 7-Eleven on Piney Orchard Parkway and Odenton Road. The officer saw a Black Jeep Cherokee in the southbound lane stopped with its hazard lights flashing. Officers later identified Toney as the driver.
Police said the officer positioned her patrol car on the Odenton Road side of the intersection and saw Toney come out of the Cherokee and throw items out of the SUV and onto the ground. When the officer approached him, Toney said he wanted the officer to shoot him, and made other irrational statements. Police said he continued to act irrationally and walked into the roadway, causing danger to himself.
At this point, the sergeant determined that Toney may have been having a mental health emergency. She took him into custody, with the intention of taking him to the hospital for an evaluation, police said.
According to police, the sergeant and other officers on the scene attempted to handcuff Toney for their own safety and his. At that point, Toney began spitting at officers and flailed his legs in an attempt to hurt them. They eventually subdued him using leg shackles and a spit hood, and transported him to Baltimore Washington Medical Center. Toney attempted to kick out the windows of the car during the ride.
While on the way to the hospital, an officer noticed that Toney had become very quiet and unresponsive. When they arrived at the hospital, Toney was not breathing, but he was revived by hospital staff, police said.
Police learned that on Wednesday, Toney had passed away at the hospital. His body was transported to the Chief Medical Examiner’s officer for an autopsy. The county’s Criminal Investigation Unit is investigating the case.
Toney, 41, was a resident of Piney Orchard and was employed as an academic advisor at Bowie State University. School spokesman Darisa Clarke said officials were "saddened" to learn of his death.
"He was a very caring advisor and was very well-liked by many students," Clarke said.