A man caused a violent ruckus inside his car at the drive-thru of a Burger King eatery in Moreno Valley, and died after sheriff's deputies took him to a hospital, a sergeant said today.
Dispatched received a 911 call at 5:56 p.m. Friday about a man seen kicking and pounding his fists inside his vehicle while blocking the drive-thru lane at the fast-food restaurant, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Joseph Borja said.
The man has publicly been identified as a 41-year-old Moreno Valley resident.
Sheriff's deputies asked the man to step out while he threw food and money during his violent outburst. When that didn't work, deputies struggled with the man and eventually pulled him out, Borja said.
The man stopped breathing while sitting handcuffed inside his patrol car. Deputies tried reviving the suspect, who was sent to Riverside County Regional Medical Center and was later pronounced dead, the coroner's office reported.
The investigation was on-going. Deputies asked anyone with information about the incident to call the sheriff's Central Homicide Unit at (951) 955-2777 or the sheriff's Moreno Valley station at (951) 486-6700.