Sunderland man dies after being quizzed over false gun alert
A man has died after being questioned by police over a false gun alert.
Officers received a report of men with weapons at Toward Road, Sunderland, at about 18:30 GMT on Thursday.
After establishing the report was false, police went to an address in Wetherby Road, where the call was made.
Northumbria Police said the caller, a 36-year-old man, became unwell. He was treated by paramedics and taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital where he later died.
A police spokesperson said the matter had been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, as was procedure in the circumstances.