Friend Stunned After Man Dies After Suffering “Medical Emergency” While Under Police Custody

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM)-- A Fayetteville woman said she is stunned after learning her friend, Phillip Jerriel Moore, died just hours after she had seen him last.

Natalie Mancia said she and Moore met a few years ago at her apartment's pool.

“Very energetic, where other people are standoffish; but no, he straight up came up to me," said Mancia. "‘Hey I’m Jerriel.' You know, asked me, 'Hey you want a hamburger?' You know we immediately clicked.”

She and others described Moore as a kindhearted person who always saw the best in people.

Just a few hours before his arrest, Mancia said she and Moore were out on the town.

She explained they got some dinner and had a few drinks, but nothing seemed off with Moore when they left.

“We were perfectly fine and normal," Mancia said. "He didn’t even have much to drink. We were sober by the time we left. It was nothing different.”

She learned that Moore died the next morning from various social media posts.

Moore was arrested just before 10 p.m. on Monday night after he ran from police officers who pulled him over for running a stop sign, according to a Fayetteville Police Department press release. Officers also noticed the smell of marijuana coming from his car.

After Moore complained of issues walking and breathing, officers called an ambulance, the release states. Emergency medical workers cleared Moore, but shortly afterward he was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center.

He died the following morning at the hospital, from what officers are calling a medical emergency.

“I couldn’t… I didn’t believe it was him," Mancia said. "I was like I was just with him."

Mancia said she was not aware of any medical conditions Moore may have had and is still in shock over what happened.

She said her love and prayers are with her friend's family as they go through this difficult time.