Individual arrested by Pharr police dies at hospital

The City of Pharr Police Department is reporting that an individual, Adelaido Adrian Diaz (4/5/66), was arrested last night for evading police, was declared deceased at McAllen Medical Center hospital this morning.

At approximately 11:30 pm Sunday, April 11, 2021, Pharr police patrol unit attempted to perform a traffic stop for a traffic violation. Driver Diaz kept driving and a low-speed pursuit ensued for a few minutes until Diaz eventually pulled over. Diaz was arrested for evading police and transported to the Pharr police department’s holding facility.

At approximately 5:54 am, dispatch observed Diaz fall to the ground via a video monitor, hitting his head on the ground. Jailers immediately responded and called for an ambulance. Diaz was found conscious with an obvious injury to the back of his head.

At 6:27 am, the ambulance arrived at the Pharr Police Department. According to police reports, the ambulance arrived at McAllen Medical Center at 6:56 am, where Mr. Diaz was declared deceased.

Pharr Police Chief Andy Harvey stated, “Our deepest condolences go out to the Diaz family. There will be a thorough investigation led by the Texas Rangers to gather all of the facts surrounding this case as well as a separate internal administrative investigation per normal protocol. I have made myself available to the family to answer any questions or concerns they may have.”

The Texas Rangers are investigating this incident. No further information is available at this time.