03/03/2001

Man being restrained by San Francisco police collapses and dies

San Jose Mercury News

(SAN JOSE, Calif.) -- A 41-year-old man being restrained by officers outside a San Francisco police station collapsed suddenly and died Friday morning, prompting an investigation by the department's homicide section and the medical examiner's office.

The police department did not release the man's name pending notification of his family.

According to a police report, the man was yelling and threatening an officer who was waiting to have the man's vehicle towed. The vehicle was across the street from the Tenderloin station on Eddy Street. The officer said the man was "highly agitated" and repeatedly kicked the door to the police station.

The officer who said he felt threatened and a fellow officer tried to put the man in handcuffs. A struggle ensued and the man suddenly collapsed, according to the police report.

Police officers tried to resuscitate the man to no avail. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.

Because the man died in the custody of the police, the department's homicide division and the San Francisco Medical Examiner's office are investigating the death. Calls to the homicide section were not returned Friday afternoon.

Copyright 2001 Knight Ridder/Tribune News Service

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