Man dies while in custody at Wahiawa police substation

Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro
Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro

WAHIAWA (HawaiiNewsNow) - A 27-year old man died Saturday while in police custody.

Authorities say officers found Luis J. Lopez unresponsive in a cellblock at the Wahiawa Police Station.

According to police he's the husband of a Schofield Barracks soldier.

He was discovered around 7:00 Saturday morning after apparently hanging himself.

He was taken to Wahiawa General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Lopez was initially pulled over on Kamehameha Highway near Whitmore Village just after 4:00 a.m.

He was later booked for driving under the influence.

"When we found him unresponsive apparently he may have used a t-shirt and so our investigation is under investigation right now and that's all part of the investigation. He was in his particular cell by himself but there were two other cells that also had inmates in there", said Deputy Chief Dave Kajihiro of the Honolulu Police Department.

Police say there are no cameras in the cell blocks at the station, and they check on arrestees every 15 minutes or so.

An unattended death investigation has been opened.