Lancaster Man Dies After Fighting with Police

August 30, 2011 Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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August 30, 2011 Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 4:57 PM EDT

LANCASTER, NY (WKBW) - A man died shortly after being restrained by Lancaster police Monday morning.

Police would not release the man's name, but relatives identified him as Nicholas Koscielniak.

EWN received this press release late Tuesday afternoon--no names or addresses were provided in the release.

Press Release-

Officers were confronted by a 6 foot 4 inch 275lb. 28 year old male out of control and assaulting another adult male occupant of the home.

An eventual use by the officers of an electronic control device did not control the man’s violence. While the officers were in the process of restraining the man for purposes of ambulance transport to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, he continued to fight with them.

After being place on the ambulance gurney, the man became unresponsive and was evacuated to St. Joseph’s Hospital. The police were notified that the man was pronounced dead at 6:52 AM.

Officers were injured but they did not require hospitalization.

The matter remains under investigation.

The name of the deceased has been withheld out of respect for the family.

EWN will follow this developing story.