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Sacramento police: Man dies after fight with officers

12:59 AM, Jan 6, 2011   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A 48-year-old man has died after resisting arrest and fighting with police who responded to a domestic violence call from his girlfriend Wednesday night.

Sacramento police spokesman Sgt. Norm Leong said the incident happened around 6 p.m. at a duplex unit on Harding Avenue near American Avenue. The woman, whose name was not released, called 911 claiming the man had punched her and then passed out in their home.

Leong said the woman told officers she believed the man might have been under the influence of drugs. When officers arrived, she had fled the scene with her 6-year-old son.

When officers contacted the man at the residence, he appeared to be passed out. Leong said he suddenly woke up and began fighting with officers.

Leong said at some point during the struggle, the man stopped breathing. Police immediately began performing CPR and arriving firefighters transported the man to a local hospital where he later died, according to Leong.

Leong said autopsy results in the next several days would help identify the exact cause of death. No lethal or less than lethal weapons were used by officers during the struggle, said Leong.

The man's name was not released pending family notification.

The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the incident in conjunction with the Sacramento Office of Public Safety Accountability and the county's District Attorney's Office.


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