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Police found a Bowie area man knocking on doors in his underwear. He died in ‘distress’ after being handcuffed.

A Bowie man died Sunday morning after being handcuffed by Prince George’s County police officers after he was seen knocking on doors in his neighborhood while wearing only underwear and socks.

Officers found Kevin Antonio Jessie, 38, on the ground in the doorway of a home in the 1400 block of Kings Manor Drive just outside city limits, police said. Officers described him as moving erratically and and tried to calm him down, police said.

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Police said Jessie, who lived on the street, became agitated when an ambulance arrived and the officers placed him in handcuffs. He was taken to the ambulance for evaluation, police said.

As paramedics were in the process of evaluating him for about 20 minutes, he went into “accute distress," police said. Medics asked the officers to remove his handcuffs and they performed CPR, police said.

Jessie was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the Special Investigative Response Team of its Internal Affairs Division is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death, calling it standard operating procedure. Prince George’s County police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

A ride share driver had reported seeing Jessie knocking on doors around 5:30 a.m. along the 1400 block of Kings Manor Drive, police said.

The driver said Jessie stopped on the porch of one house, where police said the homeowner was out of town but her doorbell surveillance system alerted her to the man’s presence. She attempted to speak with him through the system but was he was incoherent, police said.

Two Prince George’s County police officers were dispatched to the welfare check.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner has yet to determine a cause of death.

Police asked anyone with information to call the Special Investigative Response team at 301-856-2660, Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477), go online at www.pgcrimesolvers.com, or use the “P3 Tips” mobile app.

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