Man who died in police custody in Brighton Park identified

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Thursday, July 23, 2015
Heriberto Godinez, Jr.
Heriberto Godinez, Jr.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- The man who died in police custody on Chicago's Southwest Side was identified as 24-year-old Heriberto Godinez, Jr.

Officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 3000-block of West Pershing Road in the city's Brighton Park neighborhood just before 1:30 a.m. Monday. The Cook County medical examiner's office said Godinez lived on the same block.

They took him into custody, but called paramedics after he began to sweat and had a hard time breathing. Police said "despite medical intervention," Godinez became unresponsive and died at the scene.

Area Central detectives are conducting a death investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday.