Detectives are investigating the death of a man in Longton.
Police were called to Wood Street at 2.25pm on Wednesday afternoon following reports of a man armed with a hammer.
On arrival a man had been detained. He was taken to the Royal Stoke University Hospital where he was sadly pronounced deceased.
Three men from Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested in connection with the incident and remain in custody.
Enquires are on-going, and police are appealing for any witnesses or anyone with any information to call 101 quoting incident number 395 of 15 May.
The matter has also been referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.