Man in Police Custody Dies; Coroner’s Office Investigating Cause of Death

share this:
Long Beach Police Department

Long Beach Police Department. Photo by Barbara Holbrook, Everything Long Beach

On Saturday, September 5, 2015, around 10:40 a.m., Long Beach Police were dispatched to a residence in the 3200 block of Ladoga Avenue regarding a subject who was possibly under the influence of narcotics. The male adult subject was acting violently and destroying the residence. Arriving officers had to use force to detain the man. After he was detained, officers recognized he was unresponsive and they immediately began life saving measures until Long Beach Fire Department personnel arrived. Long Beach Fire Department transported him to a local hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.

As is standard in all in-custody death investigations, detectives from the Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detail responded to conduct an investigation. The preliminary investigation revealed one of the residents at the location called police after finding his roommate, a 47-year-old man, was acting bizarrely and breaking things inside the residence. Arriving officers observed the suspect throwing items from out of a second story window, including a television. The suspect also broke out several windows of the residence. Officers also observed that the suspect was bleeding profusely, possibly from cuts that he sustained while breaking out the windows. Officers requested that the Fire Department respond and stand by based on the suspect’s bizarre behavior.

The suspect exited the house and officers used verbal commands to direct him to surrender, however the suspect did not comply. The suspect fled into the garage where officers confronted him. Officers attempted non lethal means, which included continued verbal commands, an electronic control device, physical force, and a carotid restraint, to take him into custody. After several minutes, officers were able to take the suspect into custody. While officers were monitoring his medical condition, he went into cardiac arrest. Officers began life saving measures, which were taken over by the Long Beach Fire Department upon their arrival. Fire personnel transported the suspect to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later.

The suspect’s identity is not being released at this time pending notification of next of kin. The Orange County Coroner’s office is conducting an independent investigation to determine the cause of death.

Investigators from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office also responded. They are conducting an independent investigation, which is standard in all cases of in-custody deaths.

Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Long Beach Police Homicide Detail at (562) 570-7244. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES), or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.

Comments are closed.