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Coroner: Westminster man dies while in deputies' custody

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WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Westminster man died Tuesday while in deputies' custody during a drug investigation, according to the coroner.

Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said 46-year-old Rodney "Pie" Haymon had a seizure-type reaction after he chugged two drinks while riding un-handcuffed in the front seat of an Oconee County deputy's car.

Addis said about 4:30 p.m. Haymon reportedly sold narcotics to an undercover officer and was initially detained on J.P. Stevens Road near Cherry Road in Seneca.

Haymon was cooperative with authorities and was en route to a location in Clemson with Oconee and Pickens County deputies for an ongoing drug investigation when he drank a bottle of water, then reached for a Gatorade bottle belonging to an undercover officer, and drank some of it before he went unresponsive, according to Addis. 

A deputy performed CPR, and emergency crews were called and transported Haymon to the Oconee Medical Center about 5:40 p.m., according to Addis. He said Haymon died at the hospital at 6:27 p.m.

Addis said that results of an autopsy are pending toxicology tests. He said that Haymon had two fractured ribs, which are consistent with the performance of CPR. He said there were no signs of restraint or blunt trauma.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating Haymon's death.

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