A Lockport man, Troy Hodge, died in police custody early this morning after a fight with police.
Hodge, 39, who is African-American, died of currently-unknown causes at Eastern Niagara Hospital about 1:15 a.m., following a scuffle that left three officers with minor injuries.
Two police officers were called to a Park Avenue residence at 11:43 p.m. Sunday after Hodge's mother reported her son was acting erratically, which she attributed to his medication.
Hodge told police he was going to get his gun, causing police to try to physically subdue him. Police later recovered a knife at the scene, but Chief Steven Presich said it's unclear whether the man was armed during the fight.
The man fought with police, prompting a request for backup. Two additional officers and four Niagara County Sheriff's deputies arrived to assist.
Shortly after being secured in handcuffs, the man collapsed in medical distress, Presich said.
Twin City Ambulance responded and took the man to ENH, where he was declared dead. Presich said officers performed chest compressions while awaiting the ambulance and continued to apply chest compressions in the ambulance as it traveled to ENH.
A Niagara County coroner confirmed she responded to a male's death at ENH about 1:15 a.m. An autopsy is currently underway to determine his cause of death. The four officers involved in the fight are currently on administrative leave.
"This was certainly not an outcome anybody wanted," Preisch said.
The Niagara County District Attorney's officer is investigating the death, and the New York Attorney General's office is determining whether to initiate its own investigation. Preisch indicated that the evidence includes some body-camera footage.