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Man in mental health crisis dies after struggle with Colorado Springs police officer, paramedic | Mental health

A man who went through a “mental episode” died Tuesday after a struggle with a police officer and a paramedic who tried to help him, according to a press release from the Colorado Springs Police Department.

The incident occurred at around 4.45pm after police received a call about a man reportedly suffering from a mental health crisis at a residence in the 200 block of Mount View Lane, officials said. A crisis response team consisting of a police officer, a paramedic and a clinician went to the scene and found the man in the roadway.

The man resisted when the officer tried to pull him off the road, and the paramedic helped the officer bring the man under control, police said.

“The man was handcuffed and became unresponsive,” the release said.

Medical staff took the man to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead, police said.

The man’s name has been withheld pending notification of next of kin. The officer and paramedic, whose names will be released at a later date, have both been placed on administrative leave in accordance with department policy.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office will investigate the incident, police said.

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