LEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities are investigating after a man died while being arrested by an Allegan County sheriff’s deputy and a state police trooper.
Michigan State Police said the deputy and trooper were called to a home on North Avenue in Pullman around 7:10 a.m. Wednesday on a report of a domestic disturbance.
MSP said suspect Nathan Strample put up “considerable resistance” when the officers tried to arrest him and there was a struggle. Police did not immediately specify the nature of that struggle or what measures they used to try to subdue Strample.
At some point, the trooper and deputy noticed Strample wasn’t breathing. They and EMTs tried to revive him but he died at the scene.
He was 40.
Strample’s family is accusing police of using excessive force, telling News 8 their loved one was smothered and tased to death.
According to the victim’s family, Strample struggled with mental illness and was having an episode Wednesday morning when the victim’s mother called police.
Strample’s family, including his two kids, expect to learn more about what led to his death following an autopsy scheduled for Thursday.
Investigators with MSP said more information on this investigation will likely be released in the coming days.
MSP said because a trooper from its Fifth District was involved, it handed the investigation into the death to a team from the Sixth District.