METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - The family of the man who died in the custody of Jefferson Parish deputies will have to wait another day to find out the cause of death.
Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich said Friday the autopsy of 22-year-old Keevan Robinson has not been done yet.
The reason for the delay is because the death was "in custody" of officers. In those cases, it is customary to wait at least 24 hours to conduct the autopsy, Cvitanovich said.
That allows the family to have their own physician observe the autopsy.
The coroner said he will conduct the autopsy Saturday morning. He has not heard whether the family has requested an observer be present.
Sheriff Joseph Lopinto said a pursuit happened on Jefferson Hwy. Thursday afternoon. He said the Robinson struck two JPSO vehicles before abandoning his car. Lopinto said a deputy was cut in the arm during a brief struggle.
Robinson was taken into custody but began struggling with his breathing, according to Lopinto. He was taken to an area hospital where he later died.
Friends and family plan a candlelight vigil and prayer Friday night at 7 p.m. in the 1600 block of Arnoult Rd.