Man who died as police tried to arrest him had just got out of jail

Man who died as police tried to arrest him had just got out of jail »Play Video
This is the area witnesses say Gregory Price died after fighting with police.

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Authorities say the man who died while police were trying to take him into custody had just been released from jail.

According to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Gregory Allen Price, 56, of Sublimity, Ore., had been arrested on Friday at Diamond Lake.

Officials say Price and his wife had been reported to be having a disturbance. When deputies arrived, they say they found Price had been driving his vehicle, "in an extremely unsafe manner to include driving in between cabins and in pedestrian only areas."

On Saturday, his probable cause affidavit was reviewed by a Circuit Court Judge and he was released for lack of probable cause.   

The Sheriff's office says that soon after his release at around 2:15 pm, he was reported to be jumping on vehicles in front of the courthouse.

While officers from the Roseburg Police Department were trying to take him into custody, Price quit breathing and officers began CPR. Police said a Taser and pepper spray had been used on Price to try to get him to comply with officer's commands.

The Douglas County Major Crimes Team is continuing the investigation, with the Sheriff's office being the lead agency.

An autopsy of Price is scheduled for later this week.