Results released in man’s death

Police logs show officers responded quickly to emergency


PHOTO COURTESY OF CONNELY FAMILY Brian Connely Jr., and Fiance Dana Hadley.


Autopsy results for Brian Connely Jr. show the Moss Point man died from plaque build-up in the artery walls of his heart, which restricted blood flow to other tissues and organs.

Connely, 34, collapsed while in custody of Pascagoula police following an altercation with another patron at a Waffle House. Connely, who was handcuffed, lost consciousness and fell to the ground shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, said Pascagoula Lt. Davy Davis. He died at Singing River Hospital at 9:15 a.m.

The extreme physical exertion, brought on by the altercation Connely was involved in, was the contributing factor in the death, said Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus.

The official cause of death in the report filed Thursday by Dr. Paul McGarry, forensic pathologist, is “acute myocardial hypoxia and ischemia in conjunction with premature atherosclerosis.”

Although Connely hit his head on the concrete when he fell, that injury did not cause his death, Broadus said.

Connely may never have known he had a medical condition, she said.

Brian Connely Sr. contends police didn’t call for medical assistance soon enough and that caused his son to die. A witness gave a similar account.

However, Davis said radio logs show the original 911 call about the fight at the diner was received and dispatched at 8:22 a.m. Officers arrived at 8:25 a.m. and Connely was placed under arrest at 8:26 a.m.

An officer requested medical assistance from the Pascagoula Fire Department and Acadian Ambulance at 8:27 a.m.

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