- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) - A 38-year-old man who jumped out of an ambulance died after scuffling with suburban St. Louis police officers trying to handcuff him, police said Monday.

Robert Kenkel, of O’Fallon, was pronounced dead late Sunday at a hospital not long after police say he kicked at officers and lost consciousness, police said.

Authorities said officers responded to a report that a man was standing in a street, yelling for police to be called. The man’s mother told officers that her son was acting paranoid and that she feared for her safety and her son’s.

Police said the man was hallucinating, acting manic and at times speaking incoherently. But the man agreed to go to a hospital for an evaluation and voluntarily got into the ambulance, only to jump out of it a short time later on the same street where he went inside the ambulance, police said. Officers then found him nearby in a back yard and said Kenkel initially complied with orders that he get on the ground.

But officers said he began thrashing at them when they tried to handcuff him and then became unresponsive. Police said officers tried to revive Kenkel, who was taken to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The cause of death is under investigation.

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