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City of Davis Police
Thursday October 15th, 2015 :: 06:19 p.m. PDT

Man Dies While Being Taken Into Police Custody

On October 15, 2015, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Davis Police Officers were dispatched the La Quinta Inn, which is located on Research Park Dr. in South Davis, regarding a male subject screaming and yelling. When officers arrived they also heard the individual yelling that he needed help and the sounds of items breaking inside his room. The individual also made statements that led officers to believe there was a gun in the room and there may have been another person in the room. Several of the officers are trained in crisis intervention and negotiations -all attempts at de-escalating the situation and to establish reasonable communication failed. The hotel room door was breached after the individual refused to let officers inside. A confrontation ensued and the individual violently resisted being taken into custody. It took 6 officers to bring the individual under control. 4 officers received minor injuries; one was treated and released at Sutter Davis. Shortly after the individual was restrained he stopped breathing. Despite medical personnel already being staged on-scene, and being able to quickly perform life-saving measures, the individual died. There was no one else in the hotel room.

Pursuant to standard protocol, the incident is being investigated by the Davis Police Department, the Woodland Police Department, the Yolo County District Attorney, and the Yolo County Coroner.

The individual is a 54 year old white male- not from Davis. The Yolo County Coroner has not yet authorized the release of the individual’s name.

City of Davis Police
2600 Fifth Street
Davis , CA 95617

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 530-747-5400

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