A man who had allegedly disturbed the peace while being under the influence died after becoming unresponsive while handcuffed and sitting in the back of a patrol vehicle in Lancaster Saturday morning, according to a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department news release.
Lancaster deputies responded to a disturbing the peace call in the 40500 block of 163rd Street East (map) around 4:15 a.m., the news release stated.
The man was yelling at residents and running water from their garden hose when deputies arrived.
The deputies suspected the man was under the influence and attempted to handcuff the him when a brief struggle ensued.
The man was eventually handcuffed and placed in the patrol vehicle where he attempted to kick out the windows.
After an undisclosed amount of time deputies noticed the man became unresponsive, the news release stated.
The deputies contacted paramedics, removed the handcuffs and administered CPR to the man.
Paramedics later pronounced the man dead at the scene.