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Moscow man dies after being placed under a physician's hold at Gritman Medical Center

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The deceased has been identified as John Hukill, 46 years of age, of Moscow, Idaho. The deceased has been identified as John Hukill, 46 years of age, of Moscow, Idaho.
MOSCOW, Idaho -

A 46-year-old Moscow man died Tuesday afternoon hours after being admitted to the hospital for acting strangely in the streets of Moscow.

Police were called to the area of Van Buren and E Streets just before noon and found the man they received three calls about. That man, identified by a press release as 46-year-old John Hukill, was voluntarily taken by officers to the Gritman Medical Center for evaluation and treatment. 

About three hours later, officers were called back to the hospital after being told Hukill had left the emergency room. Officers found Hukill in a parking lot next to the hospital and escorted him back to the emergency room, where it was decided by hospital staff to place Hukill under a physician's hold and detain him. Because Hukill was on a hold, standard operating procedure calls for an officers to stay with the patient to ensure he would not leave again. 

Police say at around 9:30 p.m. Hukill became combative and two additional officers were called to assist. Police say during attempts by hospital staff and officers to manage Hukill's behavior, he went into cardiopulmonary arrest. Police say live-saving measures were immediately taken and despite working on Hukill for 40 minutes, he was declared dead at the scene. 

Because a Moscow Police Officer assisted with Hukill's combative behavior while he was being treated, the department has asked the Idaho State Police to investigate the incident. 

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