The crime scene in Little Italy. Courtesy OnScene.TV

Authorities on Saturday are investigating the in-custody death of a naked man who was running in and out of traffic in the Little Italy neighborhood of San Diego.

Officers responded at 11 p.m. Friday to calls of a naked man who appeared to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs running in the street and yelling for help in the 600 block of West Grape Street, according to Lt. Matt Dobbs of the San Diego Police Department.

Witnesses told investigators the first officer on scene was able to place the man in handcuffs, but as the officer attempted to escort him out of the street, the man began struggling with the officer, who was able to take him to the ground, but was having trouble controlling him, Dobbs said.

Two civilians rushed to help the officer restrain the man until additional officers arrived, Dobbs said.

The man went into medical distress and officers provided medical aid until paramedics arrived and took over, he said.

The man was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead just before midnight, Dobbs said.

The man’s identity was not disclosed. No officers or civilians involved in the incident sustained significant injuries.

Anyone with information regarding this incident was asked to call the SDPD Homicide Unit at (619) 531-2293 or San Diego County Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

— City News Service

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