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Man neighbors say was erratic dies after San Diego Police find him lying in street

Posted at 8:26 PM, Aug 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-02 23:26:37-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A man who neighbors say was acting erratically in the Middletown neighborhood on Sunday was pronounced dead shortly after police arrived and found him lying in the street.

San Diego Police officers received numerous calls regarding a man screaming, vandalizing a vehicle, and stripping his clothes off at Columbia Street near Sassafras St. just after 12:30 p.m. Police said officers arrived and were directed to the man, who was lying down in the street.

Officers placed the man in handcuffs but noticed he was in medical distress. They took the handcuffs off the man and began CPR, police say.

A witness who was a doctor also helped perform CPR until San Diego Fire-Rescue arrived, but the man died at the scene, according to SDPD.

The man was not identified by name, but police said he was a black male in his mid-thirties.

SDPD homicide detectives are investigating the death out of "an abundance of caution," police said. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at 619-531-2293 or Crime Stoppers at 888-580-8477.