Fletcher Police Department seeking information about in-custody death

Press release from Fletcher Police Department

An investigation is underway of an in-custody death occurring in the parking lot of 352 Seasons Circle on June 15, 2022. After responding to a 911 call for help officers encountered 35-year-old Christopher Robert Hensley. A fight ensued between officers and Hensley. After being handcuffed, Hensley became unresponsive. Hensley later died at the hospital.

Officers were called to the apartment complex about 8:30 p.m. The caller advised Hensley would not let her leave and was possibly on drugs. A fight began when Fletcher Police Officers contacted Hensley. Fletcher Police Officers requested additional assistance from the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office. After Hensley was handcuffed and taken into custody, he became unresponsive. Officers began C.P.R. and requested Emergency Medical Services and Hensley was transported to the hospital where he died. Two officers were also taken to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.

The investigation has been turned over to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation. Anyone with additional information, videos, or photos of the incident are asked to call the Fletcher Police Department at 828-687-7922 or Special Agent Ashe with the North Carolina Bureau of Investigations at 828-330-4700.

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