A Moreno Valley man suspected of threatening his relatives with a knife died soon after fighting with sheriff’s deputies who arrested him, authorities said Thursday.

Jose Abraham Orellana, 50, collapsed shortly before 11 a.m. Wednesday at his home in the 24000 block of Jonna Lane, near Stonehurst Drive, according to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Wally Clear.

He said deputies were called to the residence by Orellana’s family members, who alleged the suspect had brandished a knife at them during an argument, prompting them to flee the property and request help.

“Deputies arrived within minutes and encountered Orellana inside the residence,” Clear said. “Orellana was combative with the deputies and was taken to the ground and handcuffed. Shortly afterward, Orellana appeared to suffer medical problems, and paramedics were called to the scene.”

An ambulance took Orellana to nearby Riverside University Medical Center, where he died a short time later.

Detectives from the sheriff’s Central Homicide Unit initiated an investigation, in accordance with departmental policy concerning in-custody deaths.

Clear said an autopsy was pending to determine the cause of Orellana’s death.

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