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Man dies after arrest in Akron

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Posted at 1:32 PM, Jun 30, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-30 13:32:49-04

A man who was handcuffed after allegedly trying to stab another man in Akron Wednesday died at the hospital shortly after his arrest.

Akron police were called to the area of North Main and Dalton streets around 10:30 p.m. for a report of a fight involving a shovel. 

When officers arrived a 49-year-old man and 39-year-old woman said they had been involved in a fight with a 50-year-old man. 

According to police, the 50-year-old man, who lives in North Canton, was arguing with the woman when the 49-year-old man interjected.

The 50-year-old man then allegedly picked up a shovel and struck the woman in the head. He then pulled out a knife and tried to stab the man, police said.

As the two were struggling, the 50-year-old man collapsed in the street. 

When officers arrived, the man was conscious and was still holding the knife, police said. 

Officers told the man to drop it and he complied, authorities said.

They handcuffed the man and EMS crews put him in an ambulance.

While in the ambulance, the man's vitals worsened, police said. He was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.

According to the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office, there was no sign of lethal trauma or obvious cause of death. 

Right now, the case is being labeled as a sudden death until the medical examiner can determine what caused his death. 

No charges are being filed at this time against the other man and woman. Police said it appears they are victims in the case.