Sheriff's Department Investigates Death of Man in Custody of CC Police
Bleeding Man Was Handcuffed and Restrained By Officers Before 'Becoming Unresponsive'
January 28, 2021
Los Angeles Sheriff's homicide division has started an investigation into the death of "bloodied man dressed only in an underwear" who become unresponsive while in custody of Culver City police last week.
On January 13, around 2:30 p.m., Culver City police received two separate calls regarding a bleeding man walking and screaming for help in the area of Sepulveda Boulevard and Jefferson Boulevard.
Another call directed responding officers to the 6300 block of Slauson Avenue, "where the man, who was dressed only in underwear, was banging on the locked door of a business and trying to get in," the Culver City Police Department (CCPD) said in a statement.
Arriving at the scene, police officer noticed the man had "a significant amount of blood on his body, and was making incoherent statements," the department said. "Officers believed the subject was under the influence of a controlled substance and in need of medical attention," police said.
Police officers handcuffed him while waiting for the medical help to arrive and they said he "began to resist the officers as the fire department arrived on the scene."
"The officers continued to restrain the subject, and at some point, he became unresponsive," the department said. "Culver City Fire Department personnel immediately rendered medical aid and transported the subject to a local hospital."
The man died on January 16, three days after the incident, police said. His name has not been released by authorities. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner has not yet determined the cause of death.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is conducting an investigation into the man's death at the request of the Culver City Police Department. The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office has been notified and is monitoring the investigation, CCPD said.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Homicide Bureau at (323) 890-5500.