Sacramento police are investigating the death of a man taken into custody this afternoon after he was reported behaving peculiarly outside a local business.
Police spokesman Officer Doug Morse said the incident occurred about 3:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a lumber yard across the street from a police substation in the 5300 block of Franklin Boulevard. Officers were pulling out of the police station when they were flagged down by a number of people who reported that a man was acting very odd, rolling around on the ground and, at one point, rolling underneath a vehicle in the parking lot.
Officers took the man into custody and placed him in handcuffs. When the man became unresponsive, officers removed the handcuffs and administered emergency medical aid, Morse said. The man was transported to a hospital, where he died.
Morse said the man was Latino and in his 40s. His name has not been released pending notification of family.
Because the man became unresponsive after officers placed him in custody, his death must be investigated as an in-custody death, Morse said.