PD: Man dies in police custody after arrest at Maryvale community center

Posted at 1:12 PM, Jan 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-05 18:45:20-05

Officials are investigating after a man died in police custody on Wednesday afternoon in Maryvale.

Officers responded to the Maryvale Community Center near 51st Avenue and Indian School Road after reports of a man acting erratically.

Police say the man refused to leave and had allegedly assaulted an employee Wednesday morning. The man was a transient who was well-known to staff members. 

Police have identified the suspect as 43-year-old Muhammad Abdul Muhaymin.

Phoenix police required several officers to subdue the suspect, who continued to act violently. It took about six to eight officers to get the man restrained. 

According to police, Muhaymin began to show signs of medical distress while being transferred and was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

When the man was in handcuffs, he began to throw up. The handcuffs were removed from him and CPR was performed.

The Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause of death.

The officers were wearing body cameras that were rolling at the time of the incident. Police are still investigating and are reviewing surveillance video inside the center. 

Wednesday's incident in Maryvale is the third Phoenix police in custody death since May 2016.

In May 2016, a man died while in police custody at 3rd Avenue and Osborn Road.

More recently, a woman attempted suicide in a police cruiser in October and later died.