PD: Man dies after causing disturbance in Phoenix neighborhood

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PHOENIX -- Authorities are investigating the death of a man who reportedly stopped breathing after causing a disturbance in a Phoenix neighborhood.

Around 6 a.m. Sunday, police responded to repeated calls from Daniel Zamora, 48, saying he was in medical distress.

"Some of the statements he was making were unusual. They weren't making sense to our dispatchers, and they believed that he may be having some hallucinations," said Phoenix police spokesman Sgt. Jon Howard.

Before police arrived in the area of 39th and Glendale avenues, they received additional calls from nearby residents saying Zamora was creating a disturbance.

A number of witnesses said Zamora had been acting paranoid and appeared to be on drugs, according to Howard. Zamora reportedly was blowing a horn and yelling.

"Witnesses started looking out the window and saw him trying to force his way into a home," Howard said. "He went across the street. He ended up throwing a lawn ornament of some type through the front window of a resident's house."

Officers found Zamora in the front yard of a home. Howard said Zamora told the officers someone was trying to hurt him and he did not believe the officers were the police.

Howard said the officers tried to calm Zamora down and assure him they were there to help, but he tried to punch one of them. They brought him to the ground and took him into custody after a brief struggle.

"As soon as they got him into custody, they recognized that he stopped breathing," Howard said. "They immediately called for the fire department, removed the handcuffs, started CPR, and turned that over to the fire department."

Zamora was pronounced dead at a local hospital.

The medical examiner's office will determine the cause of death.

The three officers involved will be placed on administrative leave as part of the investigation, Howard said.