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37-Year-Old Sebring Man Dies While Being Taken Into Custody After Beating Mom, Neighbor

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit, in conjunction with the 10th Judicial Circuit of the State Attorney’s Office and District 10 Medical Examiner’s Office, is investigating an in-custody death.

HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. – The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit is investigating an in-custody death.

According to deputies, on Tuesday, at approximately 8:34 AM the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home on Maine Avenue, Sebring in the Fairmount Mobile Estates subdivision.

Deputies responded to a complaint of a male subject beating his mother and the mother was covered in blood. Upon deputies arriving within 5 minutes, it was determined that 37-year-old Corey Bieber went into his 61-year-old mother’s bedroom with a knife and subsequently punched her and drug her by the hair. The mother stated Bieber has recently been using illegal narcotics.

Deputies say that while communicating with the victim, a next-door neighbor on Maine Avenue ran out approaching deputies, stating Bieber “unlawfully entered his residence” and began beating a 54-year-old occupant who was sleeping.

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The 78-year-old homeowner and 54-year-old occupant were able to temporarily subdue the subject long enough to flee the residence, leaving Bieber inside. A canine deputy was on the scene and gave several announcements to exit the residence and surrender. After receiving no compliance from Bieber, the canine was released into the residence and apprehended Bieber in the bedroom.

In the process of taking Bieber into custody, he became unresponsive. The deputies began administering CPR and medical aid, until relieved by Highlands County Fire Rescue. Highlands County Fire Rescue transported Bieber to Advent Health – Sebring, where he was pronounced deceased.

Bieber has been arrested numerous times and has 12 felony convictions including numerous narcotics violations, resisting arrest with violence, and thefts.

“There is no indication at this time the canine apprehension was the cause of death. This joint investigation is active and the cause of death will be determined by the District 10 Medical Examiner’s Office,” said HCSO.

Sheriff Blackman stated, “Our condolences are with the families and neighbors affected by this tragic incident that occurred in this relatively quiet retirement community.”

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