A man died at a Dallas police station after cardiac arrest, the department said.

Dallas police launched an investigation Tuesday night after a man died while in custody.

Officers arrived at the 5100 block of Cardiff Street in southeast Oak Cliff around 10 p.m. to assist Dallas Fire and Rescue with a patient, police said.

When employees arrived, fire department officials and a family member of the man “tried to control” him.

The officers then intervened and handcuffed the man, whom they described in a press release as a “combat patient”. Police say “minimal force” was used and the man was placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance for hospitalization.

According to police, the man’s heart stopped during the trip and he died in hospital at 11:19 p.m.

Additional details, including the identity of the man or the fire or law enforcement officers involved, have yet to be released.

The Dallas County District Attorney’s Office is conducting an independent investigation. The Public Police Supervision Authority was also notified of the death.

The Dallas Police Department of Special Investigations is investigating the incident as a death in custody.

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