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Man behaving ‘erratically’ dies while in police custody in Phoenix area

The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a man died while in custody in central...
The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a man died while in custody in central Phoenix early Friday, Sept. 10.(AZ Family)
Published: Sep. 10, 2021 at 12:54 PM MST
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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- The Phoenix Police Department is investigating after a man died while in custody in central Phoenix early Friday, Sept. 10.

Around 1 a.m., officers responded to the area of 7th Avenue and McDowell Road following multiple reports of a nude man in the middle of the road.

When police arrived, they said, they found him in the northbound lanes of 7th Avenue near Willetta Street. He was acting erratically and making “nonsensical” statements, per authorities.

Police said in an attempt to keep the man safe, they tried to remove him from the road. As officers approached, the man allegedly became aggressive and began to kick and spit at officers.

Authorities said they handcuffed him, placed a restraint on his legs and put a spit mask over his head before first responders helped him to a nearby curb where he was seated.

While medics were treating him on at the scene, PPD said, the man became nonverbal and unresponsive. His restraints were removed and the Phoenix Fire Department began lifesaving measures.

The man was then taken to a nearby hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Authorities say they do not know his cause of death and the investigation is ongoing.

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