March 03, 2020
Agencies: Tacoma Police Department Washington
Cause of death: Not Yet Known
Last updated: over 3 years ago
33 year-old Manuel Ellis was killed by Tacoma after, according to police, he approached struck a police car.
Police say Ellis approached a Tacoma patrol car at the intersection of 96th Street South and Ainsworth Avenue and repeatedly struck the vehicle. The two officers inside notified dispatch they needed priority dispatch, then got out of the car.
Ellis attacked the officers and struggled for several minutes before police were able to handcuff him, Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.
Within a minute of firefighters arriving on scene, Ellis stopped breathing and lost consciousness.
Paramedics performed CPR for about 40 minutes, but Ellis was pronounced dead at the scene.
Officials said Ellis appeared to be suffering from excited delirium, which often includes attempts at violence, unexpected strength and very high body temperature.