Handcuffed Man Dies During Arrest by Sonoma County Deputies

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A man died after being shocked with a stun gun during his arrest by deputies who were responding to a domestic dispute in Guerneville, authorities said.

The name of the man who died Saturday in the confrontation with Sonoma County deputies has not been released. As part of protocol for an officer-involved death, the Santa Rosa Police Department is investigating the incident while the Marin County coroner’s office is conducting the autopsy, the Press Democrat reported.

Deputies were dispatched to the Hacienda Bridge area of Guerneville after a caller said two people were possibly in a fight inside a moving truck. A deputy went to a home after a nearby resident told him he heard a woman scream “somebody help me” from inside the house, the sheriff’s office said.

A couple came out of the home with the woman asking for help while the suspect held on to her. When the deputy tried to separate the man from the woman, a fight began, authorities said.

Another deputy saw the altercation and used his Taser to subdue the suspect, who continued resisting the deputies, the sheriff’s office said.

After being placed in handcuffs, the man suffered a medical emergency, police said. The deputies began life-saving measures and called for paramedics, who arrived and pronounced the man dead outside the home, the office said.

Santa Rosa police Lt. Dan Marincik said his department will interview both deputies as well as review video footage from their body cameras as part of the investigation. He added that there were other witnesses.

He said the man and woman knew each other, but he did not know the status of their relationship.

The sheriff’s office said it will be doing its own administrative review to determine if the deputies followed its policies during the arrest.

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