A man died on Monday night after being tased, pepper sprayed and restrained by Honolulu police officers, according to a Honolulu Police Department press release.

The man, whose name was not released, was wearing dark-colored clothing, running in the middle of the roadway and acting erratically in an area of King Street fronting Iolani Palace, according to police.

Honolulu Police Deparment officers along Kalakaua Avenue duirng the Honolulu Festival parade. 8 march 2015. photograph Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Police Department officers along Kalakaua Avenue during the Honolulu Festival parade earlier this month.

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“The male refused to leave the roadway, continuously running away and evading the officers as they approached him.  OC pepper spray was used but was ineffective as the male continued to remain on the roadway,” according to the release. “An electric gun was deployed twice but was also ineffective.  The male tripped and fell while trying to run away, at which time officers were able to gain control of the combative male and placed him under arrest.  The male was escorted to the sidewalk when he suddenly became unresponsive.”

The man was later taken to Queens Medical Center in an ambulance where police say he died.

It’s not clear what caused the man’s death. Rade Vanic, a captain with the Honolulu Police Department, said no further details about the circumstances surrounding the death are being released at this time.

Since 1994, Hawaii police have killed at least 36 people and sent thousands more to local emergency rooms with various injuries, according to past Civil Beat reporting.

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