The O’Fallon Police Department has identified a man who died Sunday after fleeing an ambulance and resisting officers.
Robert Kenkel, 38, of O’Fallon, had been standing in the street calling for police when officers responded to the call at about 11:19 p.m. Sunday. Kenkel’s mother talked to police and said that she was concerned for her son’s safety.
Police said that Kenkel was “acting very paranoid, having hallucinations, exhibiting signs of manic behavior, and at times speaking incoherently,” according to the press release.
He agreed to go to the hospital and voluntarily entered the ambulance. However, he fled as the ambulance pulled down the street, yelling “help me.” Police found him in a rear yard.
Police said Kenkel then became combative. When they tried to handcuff him, he became violent, kicking at officers and thrashing around. When he suddenly became quiet and unresponsive, officers started CPR, the press release stated:
Officers located the subject in a rear yard and he was acting paranoid and acted as though he was going to assault the officers. He was ordered to the ground and he complied. As the officers were attempting to handcuff the subject to take him into protective custody he began to thrash around violently kicking at the officers. The officers attempted to calm the subject down. The subject suddenly became quiet and ceased resistance. The officers put him on his side and the subject was not responding. He did not have a pulse and CPR was started by the officers.
Kenkel was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s Office is investigating to determine the cause of death.