Aurora police say man who lost pulse following arrest still alive

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AURORA | A man whose heart briefly stopped after he was apprehended by Aurora police on Saturday is once again alive and recovering at a local hospital, according to an Aurora Police Department news release. 

Officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Billings Street shortly after 10:30 p.m. Saturday after receiving a call of a suspicious person in the area, police said. The caller told dispatchers a man was walking down the street wearing a ski mask and waving his arms.

Responding officers later contacted a man wearing a ski mask in the area, but the man ignored officers’ commands and continued to walk down the street away from police. 

The man was eventually taken into custody after “a struggle,” according to the news release.

Once the man was in custody, police requested Aurora Fire personnel to provide medical treatment. Police said the man was in an “agitated mental state.” He was later driven to a local hospital in an ambulance. 

During the ambulance ride, the man apparently had a heart attack and momentarily lost a pulse, according to police. Prior to going into cardiac arrest, Aurora Fire personnel gave the man an unknown medication to reduce his reported agitation and anxiety.

The man is alive and currently being treated at a local hospital. 

Officer Anthony Camacho, spokesman for Aurora police, did not specify whether the man had yet been charged with any crimes.

The Aurora Police Department’s Major Crimes/Homicide Unit is investigating the incident in conjunction with the Denver Police Department, per protocol for “critical incidents.”

Investigators with the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office also responded to the scene, police said. The DA’s office will review the police investigation when it is finished.