Man Died In Custody After Fight With Cleburne County Sheriff Deputies

CLEBURNE COUNTY, Ark. – Arkansas State Police are investigating the death of a man in the custody of Cleburne County Sheriff deputies Saturday.

The Cleburne County Sheriff Chris Brown said the man died in custody after a fight with deputies at 502 Heber Springs Road West.

Our reporter Price McKeon talked with a woman who said her 34-year-old brother Heath Snowden is the man who died after that fight with deputies.

Jennifer Hare told us on the phone that she did not want to go on camera and say much about her brother’s death until she learns what the cause of death was.

Hare gave us a photo of her brother to use in this story. She said she spent the day with family trying to process his unexpected death.

Sunday afternoon we met Mary Heffington outside the Hill of Hope where deputies said the fight occurred.

Heffington said, “I feel kind of responsible.”

She said she knew Heath Snowden. She said she brought him to live at the ministry this summer to give him a home.

She said, “He would talk to angels that weren’t there.”

Heffington told us Snowden painted her fence and stayed at her house for two days before she drove him to the ministry this summer.

The Cleburne County Sheriff said a man died after a fight with deputies.

Heffington said, “I feel like I could’ve or should’ve done something talk to him more about getting help.”

The sheriff’s office did not release the name of the man as of Sunday night.

The sheriff said deputies were first dispatched Saturday to help with a medical call. He said when deputies got there a male was acting “disorderly.”

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