Man Darts Into Traffic, Dies in Handcuffs in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM (CNS) - A 46-year-old man was pronounced dead at an area hospital after a “very brief contact” with police officers in Anaheim, a police sergeant said Sunday.

Prior to his death, the man was allegedly seen acting bizarrely and running in and out of traffic, in the 1000 block of West Lincoln Avenue. That's what prompted police to be sent there just after 5:35 p.m. Saturday, said Anaheim police Sgt. Daron Wyatt.

“At least one caller said the subject appeared to be trying to get cars to hit him,” Wyatt said.

Officers arriving at the scene found the man, believed to be a transient, in a nearby parking lot. The man began acting erratically as officers approached him and attempted to handcuff him, he said.

“The subject resisted and the officers used basic control holds to roll the subject onto his stomach and handcuff him,” he said. “Within less than a minute, the officers noticed the subject was in medical distress and began life-saving efforts, including the administration of narcan and the application of CPR.”

Paramedics took the man to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Wyatt said. His name was withheld pending notification of kin.

The officers involved in this incident were wearing body cameras that were switched on before they contacted the now-deceased man, Wyatt said.

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