A 34-year-old man is dead after a confrontation with police at Bulli last night.
A critical incident investigation has been launched following the incident at a house on Gwyther Avenue about 8pm.
The man was arrested and handcuffed following a confrontation with police. He then stopped breathing and officers attempted to resuscitate him.
Ambulance paramedics were called to the scene and continued CPR before taking the man to Wollongong Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Just after 9am this morning, the police Public Order and Riot Squad commenced a sweep through the street.
Officers formed a line to hunt for any clues, searching under cars, in bushes and along driveways.
AUDIO: Police address the media in Bulli this morning
Critical incident detectives left the scene about midday.
The driveway of the unit block, which had been cordoned off while investigations were being carried out, has been removed.
Corey Hope, who lives in the street, said he heard voices about 8pm yesterday, which sounded like two men fighting.
‘‘I went out the back to have a look, it sounded like one guy trying to calm the other down then it went quiet,’’ Mr Hope said.
VIDEO: Police search the Bulli street
About half an hour later, Mr Hope reported seeing about four ambulances and two police cars out the front.
‘‘We went out the back and a few neighbours came over at this stage. Looking over the fence into the car park we saw ambos working on the guy.
‘‘The ambos were trying to give him a heart massage, it was quite vigorous. That’s when I said no more boys, go inside.’’
Mr Hope said there were no sirens but police had been in the street, which is usually ‘‘a nice, quiet street’’, all night since the incident.
Detectives will now prepare a report for the coroner.
Anyone who can assist police should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.