Arundel Man, 46, Dies After Altercation

December 15, 2009|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel , Andrea.siegel@baltsun.com

A 46-year-old man died Sunday night after he went to an Anne Arundel County firehouse complaining of chest pains, became verbally abusive, was handcuffed by police officers and taken to a nearby hospital when his condition worsened, police said.

Anne Arundel County police said Michael Francis Butkus, of an apartment in the 3300 block of Bloomingdale Road, arrived at a firehouse in Riva about 7 p.m. and told rescue workers that he needed help for chest pains.

"During the time the emergency medical care was being provided, the patient began to act in an irrational manner. He became very confrontational to the personnel taking care of him and ultimately decided he was going to leave the fire station," said Fire Department Division Chief Michael Cox.

Rescue workers called police because they feared that Butkus, who was acting strangely, would become combative, Cox said. He had left the building and was outside with rescue workers telling him he needed medical care when police officers arrived shortly after 7 p.m., Cox said.

Police handcuffed Butkus because of his behavior but did not use force, Police Department spokesman Justin Mulcahy said.

Butkus' condition worsened. "He was in cardiac arrest when he was transported" to Anne Arundel Medical Center, Cox said. He died there, Mulcahy said.

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