Authorities said around 4 a.m. they received a call about the man running around naked outside of Emmanuel Baptist Church near Wiggs Street and Mial Street.
When police arrived, they said the man was physically aggressive with officers, so they tasered him. That's when they said he collapsed and died at the scene.
The Raleigh Police Department later identified the man as 45-year-old Thomas Jeffery Sadler.
Neighbors said Sadler was renting a house in the neighborhood and had lived there about two years.
The case will be reviewed by The State Bureau of Investigation.