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In custody death; Colorado Springs police officer and paramedic now on paid leave

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- An investigation is underway after a 63-year-old man experiencing a mental health crisis died while in Colorado Springs police custody.

According to the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD), the Communications Center received a 911 call at 4:41 p.m. Tuesday reporting a man experiencing a "mental health episode." This was at a home in the 200 block of Mount View Lane.

At 4:45 p.m., CSPD dispatched a Crisis Response Team (CRT). The CRT was made up of a sworn CSPD police officer, a community health paramedic employed by the Colorado Springs Fire Department, and a Diversus Health Clinician.

CSPD said when the team arrived at the scene, they found the man in the road. When they tried contacting him, CSPD said a "struggle" ensued and the paramedic helped the police officer.

After the struggle, police said the man was placed in handcuffs and became unresponsive. At that point, CSPD said medical personnel was requested and the man was taken to a hospital.

After arriving at the hospital, CSPD said the man was pronounced dead.

The El Paso County Coroner's Office identified the man as 63-year-old Kevin Dizmang.

Wednesday, 13 Investigates obtained video from a witness during the incident.

Warning: The video might be upsetting for some

The officer and the paramedic were placed on paid administrative leave. Their names will be released at a later date.

Police said the El Paso County Coroner's Office will release the official cause of death.

According to CSPD, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident.

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