A College of Staten Island employee died Tuesday after a struggle with a police officer, the Staten Island Advance reported.
The victim was 39-year-old Cory Holmes, an off-duty employee of the CSI Auxiliary Services. His exact cause of death was unclear as of Tuesday night.
The struggle occurred at the Willowbrook campus at approximately 12:15 p.m. The officer said he saw a man engaged in some sort of drug activity in a standalone restroom facility by the school’s athletic complex.
The officer approached, and the fight started. It spilled outside the restroom, where bystanders tried to help the police, the Advance reported.
Details are unclear what happened next, but Holmes then died, possibly of a heart attack, while or after he was handcuffed. He was pronounced dead at the Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton.
No shots were reportedly fired during the incident, though the suspect allegedly grabbed for the officer’s gun and one bullet popped out of the chamber when the slide was pulled back.
The school released a statement giving some of this information, and saying all classes and activities would continue as usual.