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Psychiatric patient dies after police restrain him

A patient at a psychiatric clinic in Västerås died after staff security and police subdued him with pepper spray and strapped him to a hospital bed.

The cause of the man's death, however, is unknown though his family is critical of the officers' use of force.

The man in his 30s died late Wednesday after police were called to the clinic to help restrain him after he reportedly acted aggressive toward the staff.

News agency TT reports that police said the patient violently resisted when officers tried to clam him down. They used pepper spray against him and asked security staff to place the patient in restraints on a bed.

Once restrained, the man stopped breathing and attempts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful. In a press release the police said he "likely suffered a cardiac arrest."

A autopsy will now be carried out to determine the exact caused of death.

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