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Monday, November 10, 2008

California man dies in police custody

November 10, 2008
KCRA 3 News

Man Accused Of Shoplifting, Police Say

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- Authorities are investigating the death of a Santa Rosa man while in police custody. The Sonoma County Sheriff's Department said 42-year-old Guy James Fernandez was combative and resisted arrest when Rohnert Park Police attempted to take him into custody Sunday. He was suspected of shoplifting.

Authorities said officers tried to subdue him using a Taser. They said he was restrained and handcuffed before appearing to have difficulty breathing and becoming unresponsive. He died on the way to a hospital.

Authorities said an autopsy and toxicology test are pending.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

you may have to mark this as other causes and a maybe

new information I hope you post
it sounds more like drugs again

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/article/20081111/NEWS/811110352?Title=Shoplift_suspect_dies_after_RP_arrest


Shoplift suspect dies after RP arrest
Sheriff's official says no apparent wrongdoing by police officers
By CLARK MASON
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT


Published: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 4:24 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 11, 2008 at 4:24 a.m.
A Sonoma County sheriff's official said Monday there appeared to be "no wrongdoing" on the part of Rohnert Park officers who dealt with a combative man who died after being restrained.

Guy James Fernandez, 42, of Santa Rosa died Sunday night shortly after he was arrested by the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety on suspicion of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest.

Fernandez, who may have been under the influence of methamphetamine, died shortly after being subdued by officers just after 8 p.m. in a shopping center parking lot.

One officer tried to use a Taser stun gun on Fernandez, but it had no effect because the battery on the weapon may have been low, according to sheriff's Lt. Chris Spallino.

chetthejet said...

The police are already siding with their own, even before an investigation has taken place. Notice the use of "maybe." But never a speculation that "maybe" police should not be employing these dangerous devices.