NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police said a 39-year-old man died following a scuffle at the College of Staten Island Tuesday afternoon.

Authorities said an officer confronted Cory Holmes, who allegedly had marijuana on him, in a bathroom at the school’s Willowbrook campus after identifying himself as a member of the NYPD.

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Police said Holmes was acting suspiciously and tried to get away before being tackled. A parking lot struggle ensued in which authorities said the suspect tried to grab the officer’s gun from the holster.  Police said no shots were fired.

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Police said that two civilians helped the officer handcuff Holmes, who was transported to Richmond Medical Center and pronounced dead on arrival.  The medical examiner will determine the cause of death, but police did not provide details on what might have happened between the handcuffing and the transport to the hospital that could have killed the suspect.

However, 1010 WINS’ Al Jones reported that Holmes apparently went into cardiac arrest.

The College of Staten Island released a statement saying only that the NYPD was investigating an incident at the school between an off-duty employee and a NYPD officer.  The college also says that “no shots were fired.”

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