SAN DIEGO — A man died after being handcuffed by police Sunday afternoon, according to the San Diego Police Department. Police responded to the area of Columbia and Sassafras streets in the Middletown area after receiving reports of a man acting erratically and vandalizing cars around 1 p.m.
SDPD officials said they received multiple calls about the man who was screaming, taking off his clothes and vandalizing vehicles.
One resident in the area told News 8 he received a call from a neighbor saying someone was jumping up and down on his car. The man said his windshield was smashed in and there was damage to his car's roof and hood.
According to the SDPD, the man was on the ground and in medical distress when officers arrived. After putting him in handcuffs as a precaution, police said they discovered he was not breathing and performed CPR but the man did not recover and died at the scene.
Police said they received witness video that showed the man was in medical distress before they arrived.
The homicide unit is taking over the case, according to SDPD. Police said they are calling it a "death investigation" and not an "in-custody death."
The man did not have any identification on his person at the time of his death.