STOCKTON, CA - An investigation has been launched into the death of a man taken into custody by Stockton police officers early Thursday morning.
Stockton Police Department spokesman Officer Pete Smith said the 57-year-old man was pulled over in his car for speeding in the area of West Lane and Bianchi Road at 1:48 a.m. The driver got out and ran from officers. Officers ordered him to stop and used physical force and their batons to attempt to take him into custody.
According to the police report, the man, who was 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 220 pounds, continued to struggle so officers put a safe wrap device on him for his and their safety.
Officers said the man did not complain of pain or injury when he was placed into the backseat of their patrol car to be taken to San Joaquin County General Hospital to be checked as is protocol when force is used.
Smith said when the officers reached the hospital, the man was unconscious and non-responsive.
Efforts by emergency room hospital personnel to revive the man were unsuccessful.
Detective Joseph Silva later identifed the man who died as James Cooke of Stockton. There were three outstanding warrants for his arrests, Silva said.
The five involved patrol officers: Jeremy Edens, Kevin Hess, James Manor, Gabriel Guerrero and Irshad Mohammed, have been placed on three days of administrative leave pending the investigation.