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Two sheriff’s deputies investigated in man’s death

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POSTED February 4, 2009 5:28 a.m.
STOCKTON – Two San Joaquin County Sheriff’s deputies are under investigation in connection with the death of a “combative” Stockton man who died while the officers were trying to arrest him.

According to the Sheriff’s report, the incident happened Monday, Feb. 2, at around 9:10 p.m. when Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a disturbance at W. De Ovan Avenue in Stockton.

The caller, a friend of the subject creating the disturbance, reported a male in his 30s was acting “crazy,” damaging property, and stealing a bicycle.

When deputies arrived they located the male who was uncooperative, refusing to obey the deputies’ commands. The man resisted and became combative with deputies. The deputies attempted to subdue the man with the aid of a Taser, but the Taser was ineffective.

As the man continued to be combative, deputies had to physically subdue him. After gaining control of the man, an ambulance was called to the scene as it appeared he was having difficulty breathing. When paramedics arrived, the man had stopped breathing. CPR was immediately administered as he was transported to a local hospital where he expired.

The Sheriff’s Office has invoked a Protocol Investigation. The cause of death is pending an autopsy and toxicology reports.

Two deputies received minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital and released.

The name of the 45-year-old man is not being released pending notification of next of kin.
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