Oregon State Police Continuing Investigation Into in Custody Death in Salem


Oregon State Police investigators are continuing an investigation into the in-custody death of a man in Salem on Saturday, September 28, 2019 and are asking anyone who may have witnessed the incident or who may have been in contact with the man prior to please contact them.

The deceased man, identified as Allen James Pitts (49) recently of Salem, was contacted by Salem Police Department officers at the request of Best Little Roadhouse management to remove Pitts from the restaurant for disruptive behavior. Officers contacted Pitts in the dining area of the restaurant and a fight ensued. Pitts was taken into custody and officers immediately requested medical personnel respond to assess Pitts for a medical emergency. Pitts died after being transported by medics to Salem Hospital later.

OSP Investigators are asking anyone who may have been at the restaurant and not been contacted previously by police or anyone who may have obtained video footage of the incident or who may have been with Pitts prior to this incident to contact Oregon State Police Northern Command Center at *OSP or 1800-442-2068 and request Detective Ted Moisan



On September 28, 2019, at approximately 9:40 p.m. Salem Police officers were called to Best Little Roadhouse in south Salem for a man causing a disturbance and trespassing. The man was located and began to resist officers when they attempted to take him into custody for trespass. Eventually, the man was taken into custody, but continued to struggle with officers. Once the man was under control, officers called for medics as they believed he was in medical distress.     

Medics arrived and transported the man to Salem Health for further treatment. He was later pronounced deceased at the hospital by medical personnel. The man’s identity and cause of death is still being determined.

The Salem Police Department is treating this incident as an in-custody death. As per the Department’s policy for in-custody deaths, an outside agency, the Oregon State Police, is conducting the follow-up investigation. Also, per Department policy, involved officers have been placed on Administrative Leave while the investigation is being conducted.

No officers sustained serious injuries during the incident.

All future information will be released by the Oregon State Police.  


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