An attorney for the family of a Houston man, John Hernandez, who died after a confrontation with a Harris County deputy’s husband outside a Sheldon restaurant released a video depicting the husband using an “illegal chokehold” to subdue him.

According to a spokesperson for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the off-duty deputy’s husband arrived at the restaurant the night of May 28 with his children and saw Hernandez urinating outside the restaurant. The Sheriff’s Office said the husband confronted Hernandez about his behavior, and a fight began.


Hernandez was hospitalized after the confrontation. He died three days later after he was removed from life-support.

Attorney Jack Carroll said the video was turned over to him by a concerned citizen. He said the video showed the deputy’s husband laying on top of Hernandez as he is gasping for air.

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The department had no immediate comment about the video released Monday.