Man who died in struggle with Colorado Springs police officers ID'd

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - An investigation is underway after a suspect died during a struggle with Colorado Springs police officers Sunday. A spokesperson for the police department tells 11 News at least one officer tased the suspect, who had a knife, and he went "limp."

Officers had been called to a gated community near the Broadmoor neighborhood just before 10 a.m. Sunday on reports of a fight.

“Upon arrival they contacted the [reporting party] who said there was a disturbance going on between two neighbors, and one of those neighbors had brandished a knife,” said Lt. Jim Sokolik with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Investigators say police tried to detain the armed suspect, who put up a struggle.

"After some point in time, back and forth, officers attempted to take him into custody. A physical altercation ensued. During that physical altercation, at least one Taser was deployed," Sokolik said.

Sokolik said the suspect kept trying to fight off officers.

“The suspect continued to struggle with officers. Eventually, officers were able to subdue the suspect and take him into custody, at which point in time the suspect became limp."

Police say the officers immediately began CPR and called for medical back up. The man died on scene.

At this time, it's unclear what other use of force maneuvers, beyond the Taser, were used by the arresting officers. The five officers involved are on administrative leave, which is standard in these investigations.

The suspect was identified Thursday as 49-year-old Chad Burnett. The cause and manner of death have not yet been determined by the coroner.

11 News has requested body camera footage from the incident but has been told that will not be released at this stage of the investigation.