PHOENIX (AP) — A man who was running through Phoenix streets naked before being restrained by police and then dying while in custody has been identified, authorities said.
Officers received reports of a man without clothes running north of downtown Friday around 12:45 a.m.
Responding officers said they found 28-year-old Jessee Rickman acting erratically and making nonsensical statements.
Police said Rickman didn’t comply with officers’ attempts to get him out of the road and additional help was requested.
Rickman began to kick and spit as officers tried to contain him on the ground, prompting them to put him in handcuffs and apply a leg restraint as well as a spit mask over his head, police said.
Officers first placed Rickman on his side but was later taken to the curb and put in a seated position.
As paramedics were rendering aid, police said Rickman became nonverbal and unresponsive. The restraints were removed and Rickman was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
Police said Rickman was identified Wednesday, but the cause of his death has not yet been determined.