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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) -- The last time local media reported on Richard Metcalf's violent death was more than two years ago, when it was believed he had a heart attack -- the result of a pre-existing heart condition -- after being roughed up by corrections officers at the Erie County Holding Center.
But a new report from the state released Sept. 26 sheds new light on the 2012 case.
It states Metcalf was beaten severely and strangled by county corrections officers while he was shackled at the hands and feet.
Attorney Thomas Casey and attorneys from Brown Chiari, who are both working the criminal and civil case, said the Erie County District Attorney's Office, charged with overseeing such matters, turned a blind eye in 2012 and 2013 by failing to investigate the case.
Family notices strange behavior
The family of Richard Metcalf said their son started acting strangely in November of 2012. He grew paranoid, thinking that someone, or some thing, was after him.
At around 2 a.m. on Nov. 27, he suddenly ran out of the home he shared with his girlfriend. Snow covered the ground. He was wearing only shorts and a T-shirt.
Depew police said they caught up with Metcalf breaking into the catering business where he worked. He initially resisted, and was Tazed twice. He eventually complied, was taken back to the holding cell in Depew and held for arraignment.
After his arraignment, Metcalf was transported to the Erie County Holding Center, pending a mental health evaluation ordered by the local judge.
Metcalf's injuries disputed
Before he was transported downtown, Metcalf had soiled himself, and required a shower upon arriving at the holding center.
He had no other significant injuries at the time, according to Depew police and what medical personnel told state officials in their investigation.
But Erie County jail authorities told News 4 reporters in 2012, Metcalf came to them with visible injuries.
"Their (jail medical staff) documentation indicated that he had several contusions and abrasions, and he had suffered a little bit of knocking around," David Marciniak, director of correctional health, said in 2012.
Again, that's disputed by Depew police, medical staff at the holding center and the state. Metcalf's booking photo shows small cuts on his left eye, and a small abrasion near his right eye, both likely sustained when he fell after being Tazed.
The state report shows corrections officers told Depew detectives when they dropped Metcalf off that he "freaked out" after he was taken to the showers; and that they had to "take him down" in order to control him.
Because of his injuries, Metcalf was then taken to ECMC, where medical staff observed cuts and bruises all over his face.
Another doctor found Metcalf to have multiple skin abrasions and lesions to his hands and feet, and new and worsening bruises on his face, arms and legs.
Metcalf told doctors "he got beat up in jail," according to the report.
He's eventually taken back to the holding center, where his behavior worsened, as did the beatings, according to the state report.
Metcalf began having hallucinations several hours after he's brought back to the holding center. Officers reported to the state he was acting irrational in his cell, that he was biting and punching himself, and scraping and stabbing himself with an utensil. He was also reportedly banging his head on the cell bars.
The report states Metcalf told officers he was radioactive, and repeatedly yelled the word "slaughterhouse." Several inmate witnesses corroborated this report to state investigators.
After being restrained, and shackled at the hands and ankles, a bleeding Metcalf began to spit at officers.
He was taken to the infirmary, and continued to resist, despite the fact at least four of them were holding him down, the report states.
Officers placed a spit mask on Metcalf, and he eventually chewed through it, according to the report.
Surveillance video then showed an officer leaving the room and returning with a pillow case, which was then loosely tied over Metcalf's head, according to the report.
EMTs were eventually summoned. But upon arriving, they're prohibited from assessing Metcalf, according to the report. Medical staff said deputies told them safety was an issue. At the time, Metcalf's head was covered, and he was being held down on his chest on a medical table, the report states.
A full 30 minutes after EMTs are called, Metcalf was lifted into the ambulance and turned onto his back for the first time since being ripped from his cell.
An EMT told state investigators he found the chewed through spit mask still tied around Metcalf's neck. It was so tight, it required scissors to remove, the report states. Metcalf was no longer resisting, but he was also no longer breathing, and his heart had stopped, according to the report.
Emergency room doctors brought him back to life. In addition to new, visible bruising all over his body, Metcalf's organs were failing, and he had four broken ribs.
He never regained consciousness, his family signed an order for him not to be resuscitated and he died two days later.