Man dies after arrest in Nampa

April 19, 2013 

The Critical Incident Task Force and the Canyon County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the death of a 33-year-old man.

The man’s identity had not been released pending an autopsy, Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker said. According to Decker, the autopsy was still being conducted Friday afternoon.

The exact circumstances of the man’s death also remained unclear Friday, although police said it happened shortly after he was restrained and taken into custody.

According to Nampa police, officers first responded to a report of “suspicious circumstances” near the corner of Hudson and Canyon streets.

“The reporting party advised that they had heard the sounds of a female screaming somewhere in that area,” a news release said.

As officers arrived, they saw a pickup driving “in a reckless manner with no lights on.” They tried to stop the pickup, but it fled “at a high rate of speed.” After a several-minute-long pursuit, the driver of the pickup lost control and crashed near 11th Avenue North and Industrial Road, according to the release.

The man got out of the pickup and jumped a fence onto the property of a business. Officers pursued on foot and found him hiding under a trailer.

“The suspect continued to be noncompliant with officers who were eventually able to take the suspect into custody,” according to the release.

Soon after, the man apparently stopped breathing, officials said.

“Medics immediately began to attend to the suspect, who was then transported to a local hospital,” police said. “The suspect was pronounced dead later at the hospital. The cause of death is unknown at this time.”

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