A man who brandished a knife at employees inside a Pasadena fast-food restaurant died Thursday at a hospital after he was confronted by police outside the restaurant.

Photo by John Schreiber.

It began at 1:23 a.m. when employees at a Carl’s Jr., 1465 E. Colorado Blvd., called police and told them a man was inside brandishing a knife at employees and was refusing to leave, said Pasadena police Cmdr. John Perez.

According to police, the 48-year-old man also called police and told the dispatcher he was inside the restaurant with a knife.

The man left the eatery and began walking on Colorado Boulevard, where he was stopped at the intersection of Colorado and Hill Avenue, about 100 yards from the Carl’s Jr., Perez said.

“He seemed to be acting strangely and sweating profusely, not sure of himself,” he said. “After detaining him, we called the fire department. He was handcuffed, but there was no use of force.”

“Paramedics got there and placed him on a gurney. He resisted a bit,” he said. “He was not combative — but he was not fully cooperating with us.”

After the man was placed on a gurney at about 1:50 a.m., he became unresponsive and was taken to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he later died, Perez said.

The name of the deceased man was withheld pending notification of kin, he said.

— City News Service

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