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CUSTODY DEATH: Man in Ruckus at Burger King, Stops Breathing While Handcuffed

Patch file photo by Eric Reed
Patch file photo by Eric Reed
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.

Reported by City News Service
Don Lambert October 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM
The deputy sheriffs are not trained well enough to deal with persons having mental problems. This type of thing is far to frequent here in Riverside County. Obviously Brenda is talking about a kind of bracelet that has medical contact information.
Jill Wojcik October 14, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Could very well have been a reaction due to anti-anxiety/depressant prescribed medication/alcohol. These medications have HORRIFIC side effects! I have a dear friend whose Medic Alert card and necklace saved him from being jailed. Treatment of our young adults, adults who are Autistic, suffer from PTSD, have auditory processing delay, panic attacks, anxiety from an illness, such as any movement disorder that causes tremors, etc. ,are vulnerable to severe treatment when they panic around a police officer. They definitely ALL need training and realize that not all of us can be still and will naturally be nervous and more than likely confused anyway! If 911 has to be called, the person calling, needs to say if their loved one has any mental issues. These medications in young adults especially, CAUSE SUICIDAL thoughts and increases agitation. They are so freely prescribed and people get addicted to them. When they try to get off, they can have horrible side effects. I bet this man was on some medication. I know someone who had tried committing suicide and had a fairly new wound on his wrist. When police handcuffed him because he panicked, his wound had been exacerbated. SO SAD!
TVOR October 14, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Jill, a friend of mine is a Riverside sheriff deputy and she says they are all required to have training on recognizing and dealing with mentally ill people. Reporters are very limited in how much information they can get from the police so we never really get the real story about what happened in any incident. Maybe at some point someone will fill us in.
Steve Newman October 14, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Don- so what kind of training do you think deputies should have? Maybe they can have a shrink go with them on calls just in case. Or if it's a mental case- just ignore it unless he is going to hurt other people. Then pop him a new one- problem solved and less paperwork to do.
Jill Wojcik October 14, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I personally have a lot of respect for our peace keeping officers that go into urban warfare EVERY time they go on duty. I have been a volunteer in crisis intervention and at a police station. I have gone on ride-alongs and appreciate what they go through to assist. I am a survivor of violent crimes. I especially appreciate those officers who are understanding and kind. They have a tough job to do!

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