Connecticut officials are investigating the death of a medical student who died while in police custody.

lashano gilbertLashano Gilbert, a Bahamian man who attended medical school in Cuba, was visiting relatives in New London, Connecticut, when he died early Saturday morning.

According to the police report, around 7:00 p.m. Friday a motorist called 911 to say a man had jumped through an opened window in her car while she was driving.

It’s unclear whether the suspect had a weapon, but the victim told police she “floored” her car when Gilbert made stabbing motions toward her.

The police report says when officers arrived Gilbert resisted arrest, telling them he was hearing voices. The report says it took the use of a stun gun to subdue him.

Gilbert was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for treatment before he was released to police custody around 3:00 a.m. Saturday.

It is alleged that while in police custody, 31-year-old Gilbert removed his pants and began twisting it as if to make a rope.  They said fearing that he might hurt himself, an officer opened the cell door to take the pants away. As the officer opened the door, Gilbert allegedly made a rushed to the door, making his way to the regular booking area, where he began throwing objects at officers.

Once again, officers used a Taser to control Gilbert.

Gilbert was again rushed to hospital, where he died around 3:30 a.m.

The New London Police Department contacted the State Attorney’s Office and Connecticut State Police Major Crimes Unit to conduct an investigation into Gilbert’s death.