Man dies after being ‘restrained by shop staff and members of the public’

Police have revealed a man has died after an incident in Coney Street which saw him restrained by shop staff and members of the public.

North Yorkshire Police have named the man as Samuel Diatta, aged 39 and from York.

At around 4:40pm yesterday (Tuesday 26), numerous members of the public called 999 to report a disturbance in a city centre store.

The man was being restrained by a member of the shop staff and members of the public when police arrived, and unfortunately he began to have medical difficulties where he later died at York Hospital.

A medical investigation is being conducted into the cause of his death. 

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Steve Menzies of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Investigation Team said:

“This is a very tragic incident. The three men who were arrested in connection with the report have been interviewed and released on bail pending the results of police and medical investigations.  

“Samuel’s family are being supported by specially trained officers and I would ask that their privacy is respected to allow them time to grieve their loss.  

“I am also aware that there has been some incorrect reporting as to what has happened, which is distressing for the family. We ask that people do not speculate or spread incorrect information. However, it is important that we speak to anyone who has witnessed this incident, or who saw Mr Diatta immediately before the incident.”  

Anyone who witnessed the incident and has not yet come forward is asked to call 101 and ask for the Major Incident Team.   

If you prefer to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.  

Please quote incident number 405 of 26 July.  

North Yorkshire Police referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct, which is standard procedure when someone dies following police attendance at an incident.  

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