Police said Tuesday that a man was killed after being handcuffed by a mental healthcare crisis team responding to the call. According to Colorado Springs Police Department, the 911 caller said that the man was experiencing a mental episode. The department didn’t give any additional information about the man’s mental condition.
The Crisis Response Team (which included a paramedic, police officer and a health clinician) tried to direct the man from a roadway. A “struggle” ensued. The man became unresponsive after being handcuffed, according to police.
Police said that medical support was called after the man arrived at the hospital.
The police have not provided any further details about the incident, including the nature of the struggle.
The protocol states that the paramedics and the police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave while the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office investigates.
Robert Tornabene was a spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department. He declined to comment further and referred any questions to the sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s department did not respond immediately to a request for comment.