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Man accused of shooting at Everglades park rangers dies in custody

Drew Curtis Sikes had faced attempted murder and firearms charges after authorities said he opened fire on rangers inside Everglades National Park.
Drew Curtis Sikes had faced attempted murder and firearms charges after authorities said he opened fire on rangers inside Everglades National Park. (Miami-Dade Corrections photo)

MIAMI – The death of a 37-year-old man in federal custody who was accused of shooting at Everglades National Park rangers and police officers is the focus of an investigation.

Drew C. Sikes was arrested in March on charges of assaulting federal officers with a deadly weapon.

The Miami Herald reports that Sikes may have been high on drugs when he threatened to hit a correctional officer before being pepper-sprayed and then running into a concrete wall, leading to his death.

The Bureau of Prisons website says he died June 16. It doesn’t list a cause of death.

The Herald reports that Sikes’ death is considered suspicious and is under investigation.

He was arrested March 28 after shooting at park rangers and police officers.