Phoenix AZ Jan 6 2017 Phoenix police said a 43-year-old man died after fighting with officers near a west Phoenix community center on Wednesday morning.
Detectives were investigating the incident at the Maryvale Community Center, where the man had gone into medical distress while being restrained by police officers.
Police did not immediately reveal the identity of the man, a transient known to frequent the community center.
On Wednesday evening, investigators were interviewing witnesses and looking for any surveillance video that could shed light on the incident. Six officers had been wearing body cameras, and a police spokesman said investigators were keen to review the footage.
Sgt. Jonathan Howard, the Phoenix Police Department spokesman, said the man had been "acting erratically" and pushed an employee after being asked to leave the community center, near 51st and Campbell avenues. Officers were called to the center at about 9:30 a.m.
"They go to detain him and he was trying to fight the officers," Howard said. "He was really going at it."
Additional officers were asked to help and, ultimately, it took eight of them to restrain the man, Howard said. Police used two sets of handcuffs to bind the man's arms behind his back, but he managed to bring his hands over his head so his arms were in front, Howard said.
"They get him in handcuffs and he was thrashing about, and they realize he was going into medical distress," Howard said, adding that officers tried to provide first aid and then CPR until firefighters could take over.
The man died later at a hospital, he said.
Based on the man's behavior, drug impairment was a likely factor, Howard said. It wasn't immediately clear whether the man had a pre-existing medical condition. The Maricopa County medical examiner will determine a cause of death.