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Officials are investigating the death of a Leesburg man who died Friday evening while in the custody of the Leesburg Police Department, according to an LPD a press release.

Police on Monday identified the man as 26-year-old Brian White.

The Northern Virginia Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) — a group of 11 law enforcement agencies based primarily in Northern Virginia — is reviewing the death.

Leesburg Chief of Police Gregory Brown requested that CIRT investigate the incident in the interest of promoting transparency and public confidence, LPD said.

Police say White died Friday evening at Inova hospital in Landsowne, and that an autopsy will be conducted by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to determine the cause and manner of death.

According to the LPD’s original announcement on Friday evening, the Emergency Communications Center received a call at approximately 6:32 p.m. Friday, in which the caller said a male was exhibiting erratic behavior inside the lobby of the Best Western hotel in Leesburg.

The caller told the dispatcher they believed the man may have ingested drugs or have been experiencing a medical emergency, according to the police statement.

Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue System personnel responded to the call, and located White in the hotel’s parking lot. As Leesburg police responded to the call, officers described him as being agitated and combative while fire and rescue staff attempted to administer treatment, according to the LPD.

The release states that officers then restrained White in handcuffs for his safety as well as that of other rescue personnel who were attempting to provide treatment. Police say he continued engaging in agitated and combative behavior, and was then placed in leg restraints by officers.

White was transferred via ambulance to Inova hospital for treatment, during which he remained combative, according to police. His medical treatment was turned over to hospital staff, who pronounced White dead at 7:53 p.m.

Anyone with further information related to the incident is encouraged to contact the LPD at (703) 771-4500.

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