Police in North Carolina say four white officers are on administrative duty after a black man who was subdued with pepper spray died in custody.

Winston-Salem authorities said in a statement that 31-year-old Travis Nevelle Page became unresponsive after he was taken into custody Wednesday night following a brief struggle with officers. Page died at a hospital.

Police say they responded to a report of a firearm being fired, adding that they found a handgun on Page.

Family members told the Winston-Salem Journal that Page had health problems, including high blood pressure and bronchitis.

Two of the officers have been with the department for 20 years or more; the others, one year and three years.

The State Bureau of Investigation is handling the case. Placing officers on administrative leave is standard procedure in such cases.