Deputy Chief Reuben Ramirez Discusses Andre Leshon Lee’s Death in Custody Case (BWC Video Provided)

Police were called on August 28, 2020, at 10:54 p.m. to a home in the Pleasant Grove area after a man, Mr. Andre Leshon Lee jumped through the front window, grabbed a sharp object, threatened to kill the homeowner, and barricaded himself in one of the bedrooms. The police convinced the man to surrender and while waiting for DFR to transport him to a local hospital, Mr. Lee fell unconscious. Police administered CPR until DFR arrived. Mr. Lee’s wife stated at the scene that her husband was high on cocaine. Mr. Lee passed away five days later on September 2, 2020, while at the hospital in police custody. The department is awaiting the toxicology report.

In compliance with the Dallas Police Department’s new video release policy, we are releasing the video this afternoon. Tonya McClary of the Office of Community Police Oversight has reviewed the video in conjunction with the department and arrangements have been made for viewing by the family.