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Man drowns after jumping into pond while running from police in Oklahoma

Officers jumped in after the man, who was accused of burglary at a Tulsa apartment complex, but he failed to resurface.
/ Source: The Associated Press

TULSA, Okla. — A naked suspect in a Tulsa apartment clubhouse burglary broke from their custody, jumped into a pond and drowned early Thursday, police said.

In a social media posting, Tulsa police said officers answering a 4:30 a.m. burglar alarm at the Shoreline Apartments clubhouse found its front door shattered and a naked man inside with his wet clothing strewn around the room.

Officers handcuffed the man, who initially was cooperative but suddenly broke from them, kicked open a back door, scaled a patio railing and jumped into a pond. Officers jumped in after him, but the man failed to resurface.

A dive team later found the man’s body in 10 feet of chilly, murky water.

Police were withholding the man’s identity until they could notify his relatives.