Officials: Vietnamese man dies in ICE custody in Arizona

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jun 16, 2018

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a Vietnamese man has died in custody in Arizona while awaiting deportation.

ICE said on Saturday that 47-year-old Huy Chi Tran died Tuesday at Banner Casa Grande Medical Center, where he was hospitalized for a week after being found unresponsive at the Eloy Detention Center. The cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy.

Tran is the seventh detainee to die in ICE custody during the fiscal year 2018 that began Oct. 1, 2017.

He entered the U.S. as a legal permanent resident but was being deported because of a criminal conviction for aggravated assault.

Tran was placed in ICE custody May 25 after serving his sentence and was hospitalized June 5 after falling ill.