Man dies after confrontation with Sonoma County deputies

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A man died in custody Saturday following a physical altercation with two Sonoma County deputies, according to the sheriff’s office.

While responding to a report of domestic violence Saturday morning, deputies were flagged down by a passerby on River Road in Guerneville and directed to a house where the passerby had heard a woman screaming “someone help me,” according to a sheriff’s office news release.

When the deputies arrived at the home and knocked, a man and a woman opened the door. The woman immediately asked for help. As one deputy tried to separate the man and woman, the man resisted. The second deputy used his Taser, but the man continued fighting, according to the release.

After the man was placed in handcuffs, he suffered a “medical emergency” and deputies began life-saving measures. Medical personnel arrived and pronounced the man dead at the scene.

The Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office will conduct an administrative review to determine if the deputies involved followed protocol.

The Santa Rosa Police Department also is investigating the incident, and Marin County Coroner’s Office is conducting the death investigation.

“Any time force is used, the Sheriff’s Office takes it seriously,” the sheriff’s office wrote in the news release. “Our thoughts are with all those involved in this incident during this difficult time.”

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Author: Marisa Kendall

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