Mario Marin, who was arrested Dec. 28 after fighting with churchgoers at City Lights Dream Center in Santa Ana, died while undergoing a mental health evaluation, authorities divulged a week after the 53-year-old homeless man's death.
When Santa Ana Police officers arrived that day, Marin was already pinned down by congregants of the skate park-equipped church at 1215 N. Ross St.
As cops tried to take Marin into custody, they say, he fought them off and screamed incoherently, leading to a tasering. He died shortly thereafter while undergoing a mental health evaluation at UCI Medical Center in Orange. The Orange County coroner plans to conduct an autopsy later this week to determine the cause of death.
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City Lights Dream Center is known for its skate park behind the downtown Santa Ana church building converted from a vintage single-family home. Pastor Chris Swaim's nephew is pro skater Christian Hosoi.