Ramon Timothy Lopez, 28, was seen “looking into vehicles and making obscene gestures” in a Phoenix buying middle, police say.
When the primary officer responded round 10:20 a.m., Lopez bumped into a close-by comfort retailer, police say. When the officer adopted, he left the shop, throwing a drink within the officer’s face within the course of, police say.
Eventually the chase ended when the officer tackled Lopez to the bottom in the midst of a close-by highway, the assertion from Phoenix police says. Other officers then arrived to help the primary officer.
Lopez “was eventually subdued and handcuffed,” the assertion mentioned.
“Due to his erratic behavior, officers also utilized a leg restraint to keep him from kicking,” it added.
“[I] felt he was using a lot of force to slam his body into the ground,” mentioned the girl who recorded the video. She requested KNXV to not establish her.
“The gentleman seems like he was still struggling, but at that point, it seemed like he just didn’t want his face smashed on the asphalt. It was super hot.”
The temperature was 100 levels Fahrenheit at 11 a.m. that day at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.
“The officer was by himself and when he grabbed hold of Ramon, they both fell onto the hot asphalt and both could have been struck by vehicles on 51st Avenue,” Phoenix police spokeswoman Sgt. Mercedes Fortune mentioned in an e-mail to KNXV.
When requested in regards to the bystander footage, Fortune mentioned that “a [Critical Incident Briefing] video will be shared with our community depicting the actions of Lopez and our officers during this incident.”
Once Lopez was positioned behind the police car and moved out of the roadway, officers say they found he was unresponsive.
“The suspect was removed from the vehicle and officers began to reposition him and provided water,” the assertion mentioned.
Lopez was transported to a close-by hospital the place he was pronounced lifeless, the assertion from police mentioned.
A reason behind loss of life is just not recognized right now and, in response to the Maricopa County Medical Examiner web site, the post-mortem outcomes are nonetheless pending.