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Cops: Kings Park man hurt in struggle with police dies

A Kings Park man, who injured his head in a struggle with police officers in September, has died, Suffolk police said Saturday.

Police said on Sept. 24, they responded to the home of Lawrence Ports, 60, of 35 Hemlock Dr., after receiving a call that Ports was behaving irrationally. Police requested assistance from the Suffolk County Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team, and he was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital, police said.

Police said while at the hospital, Ports became combative and attempted to flee from officers. Officers restrained Ports, and during the incident Ports suffered a head injury, police said.

Suffolk police said he was treated at the hospital, where he remained until Friday, when he died.

Suffolk police said they are investigating the incident and that an autopsy is being conducted by the Suffolk County medical examiner's office.

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