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Handcuffed Man Dies After Jumping into Boca Ciega Bay

Donnie Kent Brownlow Jr | Arrests | Deaths

Pinellas deputies say the death does not appear to be suspicious.

TREASURE ISLAND – A St. Petersburg man died Sunday (Sept. 6) after he escaped from Treasure Island police and jumped into the Boca Ciega Bay while handcuffed.

Donnie Kent Brownlow Jr., 33, was declared dead at Palms of Pasadena Hospital where he was taken when pulled from the water.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, which is investigating the death, said the Pinellas County Medical Examiner’s Office will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause and manner of death. Thus far, deputies said Mr. Brownlow’s death does not appear to be suspicious.

According to Pinellas deputies, the Treasure Island Police Department was called about 7:40 p.m. Sunday to an address on 104th Avenue for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Treasure Island officers conducted an investigation into the complaint and arrested Mr. Brownlow on charges of Domestic Battery, Obstruction, Felony Driving While Licensed Suspended/Revoked, and Violation of
Probation.

After police took Mr. Brownlow into custody, he was taken to the Treasure Island Police Department, 180 108th Ave., to wait for a jail transport van.

While being escorted to the transport van and in handcuffs,  sheriff’s detectives said, Mr. Brownlow broke free from the officer, ran toward Boca Ciega Bay and jumped into the water.

Paramedics from the Treasure Island Fire Department pulled Mr. Brownlow from the water and performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Mr. Brownlow was taken to Palms of Pasadena where he was pronounced deceased at about 9:40 p.m.

PHOTO OF DONNIE KENT BROWNLOW JR. FROM A FEB. 6 ARREST. COURTESY OF THE PINELLAS COUNTY JAIL.

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