CROWN POINT | A Hobart man arrested on a domestic battery charge died last week while in custody, officials said.
Gregory Thomas Joseph Smith, 39, was charged March 18 by the Crown Point Police Department on a domestic battery charge, a Class A misdemeanor. The Lake County Sheriff's Department listed Smith as a Merrillville resident while court records listed him as a Hobart resident.
The Lake County Sheriff's Department said in a news release that Smith was transported at 3:45 p.m. March 26 to the Lake County Jail pending a domestic battery warrant from the Crown Point City Court.
While he was being moved from one portion of the jail to another because of alleged violent behavior, correctional officers began restraining him after he displayed more violent behavior.
"At that time corrections officers used the restraint techniques they are trained to use," the release stated.
According to the release, the officers used a dry stun on Smith as the officers tried to restrain him. Two nurses from the jail were called after the officers realized Smith needed medical attention.
The nurses tried to treat Smith until he was taken to Methodist Hospitals Southlake Campus in Merrillville where he later died, officials said.
According to a report from the Lake County coroner's office, Smith did not sustain an injury and the manner of death was pending. The report listed Smith's time of death as 1:49 a.m. March 26.
The death remains under investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Department, the Lake County corrections staff, the Lake County Jail medical unit and the coroner's office.