Man died after fight with Santa Ana police, officials say

A 35-year-old man died Friday after a fight with Santa Ana police, authorities said, prompting investigations by the Orange County Attorney’s Office and others.

Luis Guerrero Amezcua was pronounced dead at the Orange County Global Medical Center on Saturday morning.

Santa Ana police responded to a La Quinta Inn shortly after 11:45 p.m. Friday about a man who reportedly smashed windows and assaulted security guards, officials said in a news release Saturday.

The man, who was not identified in the press release, had injuries to his arms and legs and was reportedly fighting with officers.

“In their efforts to detain the man, officers used force to take him into custody,” police said.

It’s unclear how many officers were involved in the altercation, Santa Ana Police Sgt. Maria Lopez said.

Lopez did not say what violence was used on Guerrero Amezcua or what led to the alleged altercation, citing the ongoing investigation.

Officers were equipped with body-worn cameras, but it was unclear if they were on at the time, Lopez said.

“Our policy is that they should be on,” she said.

Guerrero Amezcua was arrested on suspicion of vandalism and robbery and taken to a medical center for treatment of his injuries.

He was pronounced dead just before 9 a.m

After the death, the Santa Ana Police Department’s Homicide Squad and Internal Affairs Division launched an investigation. The Orange County Attorney’s Office and the Santa Ana Attorney’s Office are also investigating.

Prosecutors declined to comment Monday.

The cause and manner of Guerrero Amezcua’s death were still under investigation Monday afternoon, Orange County Coroner’s Office officials said.

No officers were furloughed Monday because the cause of death has not yet been determined, Lopez said.

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-04-04/investigations-launched-into-mans-death-after-alleged-fight-with-santa-ana-police Man died after fight with Santa Ana police, officials say

Dais Johnston

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