PBSO: Man pulled from canal was running from deputies

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - A man officials say was pulled from a canal in Lake Worth Friday afternoon and later died was running from deputies, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. 

The department has identified him as 32-year-old Edgar Velez.

According to officials, he was wanted on several counts of burglary and grand theft and he tried to get away from deputies by jumping into a canal. Deputies tried coaxing him to shore but he refused and went under the water. 

Fire rescue crews responded to the scene in the area of 10th Avenue and Florida-Mango at about 5:15 p.m. and pulled Velez from the water.

He was transported to a local area hospital for treatment and passed away on Saturday.

An autopsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

 

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