The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a man has died after he was hospitalized following his arrest in Wilson County last week.

Jacob Ross Nopens was arrested the evening of Jan. 9 on Rutledge Lane in Lebanon, according to Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Jacob Nopens

Jacob Ross Nopens

Multiple residents called police about a man carrying a toddler in only a diaper going door to door.

Bryan said a cleaning woman at one of the homes found Nopens in a bedroom at the residence. She called police and Nopens left. Another man called police and described Nopens as "deranged."

When officers arrived to the scene, Nopens handed the child to one of the neighbors and took off running.

Police pursued on foot and caught Nopens after he fell. Bryan said there was "some type of struggle" while officers tried to put handcuffs on Nopens.

During the struggle, Nopens had a "medical episode" and became unresponsive. Officers performed CPR and administered three doses of Narcan, a drug used to treat overdoses in emergency situations.

Nopens was transported to TriStar Skyline Medical Center.

Bryan said the Department of Children's Services was called in regards to Nopens' child.

Nopens' family, however, is saying that police aren't telling the full story. In a Facebook post, the family said the sheriff deputies continually beat Nopens after he dropped to the ground. They said Nopens was in a coma.

Bryan said the TBI has dashcam video of the incident. Bryan also added that the sheriff's office is familiar with Nopens and that they have had multiple encounters with him in the past.

This is a developing story. Stay with News4 for updates.

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