ROSEBURG, Ore. - A 56-year-old man who was jumping up and down on vehicles in front of the Douglas County Courthouse died after police used a Taser and pepper spray to subdue him Saturday afternoon.
Police have not yet released the man's identity. An autopsy is scheduled this week at the Oregon State Medical Examiner's Office in Clackamas.
Two Roseburg Police officers responded to the courthouse at 3:18 p.m. to a report of a man jumping on vehicles near the courthouse.
When the officers tried to arrest him, the man refused to comply with their commands, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.
The officers shocked the man with a Taser and hit him with pepper spray in an attempt to take him into custody.
The man then had a medical emergency, the sheriff's office said. The officers gave the man first aid until medics arrived. Attempts to revie the man failed, and he died at the scene, the sheriff said.
According to department protocol, the Douglas County Major Crimes Team was activated to conduct the death investigation. Detectives conducted a scene investigation and contacted witnesses. The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is the lead agency in the investigation.
The Douglas County Major Crimes Team consists of members of the District Attorney's Office, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Roseburg Police Department, Oregon State Police, and other local police agencies.