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Police release identity of man, 27, who died while in police custody

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Nicholas Gilbert, 27, died while in the custody of the St. Louis Police Department Tuesday night Nicholas Gilbert, 27, died while in the custody of the St. Louis Police Department Tuesday night

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – The mother of the man who died while in police custody spoke out Wednesday, disputing what officers said led to her son's death.

Police have released the identity of the 27-year-old man who died while in police custody in St. Louis City Tuesday night. Nicholas Gilbert was taken into custody after being found in a condemned building in the 3200 block of Missouri in south St. Louis Tuesday afternoon. After being taken into custody, Gilbert was brought to holding cell at Central Patrol on Jefferson, police said.

Click here to watch Chief Dotson’s late-night press conference regarding incident 

Authorities said Gilbert was on probation for a drug conviction, and there were warrants for his arrest on drug and traffic charges from Wentzville.

Between 6:30 and 6:45 p.m., the civilian clerk tasked with monitoring the holding cell at Central Patrol found Gilbert attempting to use his sweatpants to hang himself, police said. When six officers tried to stop him, a struggle ensued and the officers handcuffed and shackled him in an attempt to subdue him. During the struggle, Gilbert hit his head on a concrete bench inside the cell, according to police.

Moments later, the officers noticed the man struggling to breathe, St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson said. The officers called 911, police said, but were forced to perform CPR with a defibrillator while waiting for an ambulance to arrive.

Gilbert's mother, who spoke with News 4 over the phone Wednesday, said she disputes what police are saying happened in the holding cell. Judy Lombardo says she thinks officers beat her son because of the way his body looked when she had to identify it.

Gilbert was taken to a hospital where he later died.

There are cameras in holding cells, but they don’t have the ability to record. Police chief Sam Dotson says he’s already asked the city for new cameras that do. When News 4 asked the chief why they weren’t in place already, he says it was a voter call.

Gilbert's cause of death is currently under investigation by the medical examiner.

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