Hayward man dies in police custody

A Hayward man died while in police custody on December 19th.

The Hayward Police Department responded to the 25000 block of Ironwood Court regarding a male requiring an emergency mental health evaluation.

Upon arrival, the officers contacted 42-year-old Roy Nelson and an placed under involuntary psychiatric hold.

Police say they placed him in the back of a patrol vehicle while waiting for an ambulance to arrive to transport him to a local psychiatric hospital.

While waiting for the transporting ambulance, police say Nelson became violent and attempted to kick out the rear windows of the patrol vehicle.

Nelson was removed from the patrol vehicle and his legs placed into a restraint device.

A short time later, he began suffering from a medical emergency requiring officers and members of the Hayward Fire Department began providing CPR.

Nelson was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead,

The Coroner’s Bureau has not yet determined a cause of death.

Hayward police say an administrative investigation regarding this incident is being conducted per departmental policy.