The DeKalb County Police released the following press release:
A man exhibiting erratic behavior was arrested Aug. 7 after damaging a police car and trying to enter another vehicle.
At approximately 3:10 p.m. on Aug. 7, the man began striking and damaging the police car of an off-duty DeKalb County Police officer who was in the drive-through of the Burger King, located at 2773 Evans Mill Roadgmor.
When the officer exited the drive-through, an individual alerted the officer that the suspect had tried to enter his vehicle before going into a nearby bushy lot.
The DeKalb officer requested additional assistance, located the suspect and called for an ambulance when the suspect displayed erratic behavior. Several more DeKalb officers responded to the scene to assist in detaining the man.
A preliminary review has concluded that the DeKalb officers used minimum restraints to prevent the subject from harming himself. Officers on the scene did not observe any physical injuries to the individual prior to placing him in the ambulance for transport to Emory Hillandale Hospital. After being admitted, he was pronounced deceased.
At the request of the DeKalb County Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incident.
The news release did not reveal what caused the man’s death.