A woman who was non-responsive and sweating profusely was found inside a vehicle by police officers just before noon near 16th Street and Bell Road Saturday.
Officials said the vehicle was not running.
Some of her family members were summoned and a spare key to the vehicle was utilized to try to gain entry, said Phoenix Police Sgt. Trent Crump.
The female would continually try to relock the doors as they were trying to get into the vehicle, he said.
Once the woman was out of the vehicle she began to yell at the officers and bit one of them, said Crump.
She was cuffed and seated on a curb, where she passed out. The fire department was already on-scene assisting with her removal from the vehicle. She was transported to a nearby hospital where she later died.
At some point during this incident it was learned by officers that she was the subject of a mental health pickup order obtained by her family members in the past couple of days, he said.
Her cause of death is unknown at this time however, there was no trauma found and no force was used, other than handcuffs during this incident. The Maricopa County Medical Examiner's Office is assisting with this investigation.
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