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Seaford Handcuffed Suspect, Drowning Victim Dies

The man who tried to escape Seaford Police while handcuffed has died.

Seaford Handcuffed Suspect, Drowning Victim Dies

The man who tried to escape Seaford Police while handcuffed has died.

Seaford Police say 19-year-old Justin Johnson was handcuffed Friday because he was wanted on burglary charges when he was able to break away from police and tried running away.  Johnson then went into the Nanticoke River and when police got to the water, Johnson had gone under the water.

Officers tried to pull the man out, but were unable to.  The Seaford Volunteer Fire Department Dive Team were able to recover Johnson, who was then taken to Nanticoke Hospital.

Johnson had been in the hospital in critical condition until he passed Tuesday afternoon due to complications from drowning.

UPDATE: Seaford Man Rescued From Nanticoke River After Police Chase

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Dennis Foley

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