A Ville Platte man who died overnight Thursday following a struggle with local police was pepper-sprayed and held prostrate in handcuffs before he became unresponsive and later died at an area hospital, State Police said.

Keenan Ardoin, 24, of Ville Platte, died sometime overnight after wrestling with his girlfriend and then police in the woman’s backyard in the 100 block of East Oak Street, State Police spokesman Brooks David said.

The Ville Platte Police Department relinquished the investigation to State Police about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, David said. Ville Platte Police Chief Neal Lartigue initially told KATC-TV the man collapsed during his arrest.

“Part of the investigation is getting with medical personnel and finding out when he became unresponsive,” David said.

It’s unclear when Ardoin died, and there are no details available that spell out his time at the hospital, including his time of death.

Arresting officers initially called in medics once Ardoin was restrained, and the officers noticed he had a bloody cut on his arm, David said. Ardoin’s girlfriend told police he punched through a window earlier that night.

Police responding to the domestic disturbance call about 12:30 a.m. Thursday found Ardoin on top of his girlfriend and assaulting her, David said.

The man became irate and began fighting with police once they removed him from atop the woman, David said. Once he was handcuffed, police noticed the bloody cut on his arm and called medics to inspect the cut ahead of booking, David said.

Information detailing whether Ardoin was impaired at the time of the incident will be revealed through an autopsy report.

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