Death of autistic man after struggle with police ruled an accident

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Authorities in Virginia say the death of a group home resident after a struggle with police last April was an accident.

Fairfax County police said in a news release Friday that an autopsy found 45-year-old Paul Gianelos of Annandale died from cardiac arrhythmia associated with police restraint. The report called it an accident.

Police say on April 20, Gianelos wandered away from other group home residents during an outing at a Falls Church park.

They say Gianelos became combative after an officer found him, and four officers restrained him, handcuffing him behind his back.

Police say Gianelos suffered what appeared to be cardiac arrest and died at a hospital.

Gianelos' brother, Jim Gianelos, told The Washington Post after the incident that his brother was "severely autistic" and could not speak.

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