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An investigation was underway after a woman died while being detained by security personnel at a store in Santa Ana on Wednesday.

The El Toro Carniceria is seen in the image taken from Google Maps.

The El Toro Carniceria is seen in the image taken from Google Maps.

The unidentified woman, believed to be in her early 40s, started to remove her clothes at the El Toro market in the 1300 block of West First Street (map) just before 9 a.m., according to Santa Ana Police Department Cpl. Anthony Bertagna.

Store security responded to the disturbance and detained the woman, who at some point lost consciousness and died, Bertagna said.

Homicide detectives were called to the scene to investigate the incident.

Detectives were trying to determine if the woman was under the influence of some type of drug or alcohol, or if she had any health issues that may have led to the disturbance, Bertagna said.

Investigators also wanted to know if there was some type of altercation between the woman and security guards when she was taken into custody, according to Bertagna.