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Sister of Pullman man who died in struggle with police says there is more to the story

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Michigan State Police trooper and an Allegan County Sheriff deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call at 7:10 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020, in the 5000 block of North Avenue in Pullman. Police said Strample met them there with "considerable resistance" and it took several minutes of struggle to get him in handcuffs. (WWMT/Jason Heeres)

A domestic disturbance call sent a Michigan State Police trooper and an Allegan County Sheriff deputy to a home in Pullman Wednesday morning that ended with a man dead after a struggle.

Wendy Aubert said the death of her brother, 40-year-old Nathan Strample, doesn't make sense and that his last words were the plea of a son crying for help.

“'Help dad, please help',” Aubert said.

Michigan State Police trooper and an Allegan County Sheriff deputy responded to a domestic disturbance call at 7:10 a.m. Nov. 18, 2020, in the 5000 block of North Avenue in Pullman. Police said Strample met them there with "considerable resistance" and it took several minutes of struggle to get him in handcuffs.

During that time, police said Strample stopped breathing and died.

“It's surreal to pull up and see someone you love and grew up with laying there under a sheet with his boots sticking out. You know it’s him but it’s like a crime show on tv,” Aubert said.

Aubert doesn't think Michigan State Police, or the Allegan County Sheriff's Office, are telling the whole story. She said her brother struggled with mental health and possibly drugs but didn't deserve to die.

“I don’t think that there are a lot of resources and help for people with mental illnesses like him or other people and I think it’s sad when you can’t help somebody,” Aubert said.

Aubert said she would remember her brother as a handyman who loved to fix things, raised and rode horses, and as a loving father of two.

“He was a good person. A real good person,” Aubert said.

Michigan State Police and the Allegan County Sheriff's Office haven’t said how Strample died, but police confirmed that no gunshots were fired.

An autopsy for Strample was set for Nov. 19.