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Man dies during struggle with police

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Man dies during struggle with police

The officers have not been placed on leave and officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death

Man dies during struggle with police

O’Fallon, MO (KTRS) – The O’Fallon Police Department is investigating after a man died during an attempted arrest.

The incident began Sunday night, when police were called to a neighborhood just north on I-70. The man’s mother said he had been standing in the street shouting that someone should call police. The woman told police that her son was acting paranoid.

Officers say they spoke with the man and determined he was having hallucinations and exhibiting manic behavior. The man willingly got into an ambulance to be taken in for observation. At some point during the drive, the man escaped the ambulance and ran away.

When officers caught him, he initially complied with officer’s commands, but after he was handcuffed, the man started to kick at the officers. Police say they attempted to calm the man, when he stopped moving. Officers did not feel a pulse and attempted CPR. The man later died at the hospital.

The officers have not been placed on leave and officials are awaiting the results of an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Police report that medics told officers the man had an elevated pulse when they first examined him.

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By Colin Jeffery

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