MOORE, Okla. – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has agreed to take over the investigation into the in-custody death of Luis Rodriguez.
Rodriguez died on Feb. 15, 2014 after an incident involving Moore police and security guards at the Warren Theater.
Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, with the Moore Police Department, said, “There has, understandably, been intense public interest in this case and we welcome the outside agency participation.”
Thursday, the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office formally requested the OSBI to take over the case.
The death of Luis Rodriguez has sparked a number of questions regarding why he was taken into custody, how he died and whether the officers involved had anything to do with his death.
Moore police say they feel it is best to hand it over, especially since it involves three of their officers and two state agents, who were working security.
Lewis said, “We do stand fully behind our investigators and our officers, just with the totality of the incident we feel it is in the best interest of everyone to hand it over to an outside agency.”
The Rodriguez family attorney declined to comment on the decision to hand the case over to the OSBI.
The family says they have already been contacted by OSBI investigators.
Lewis said, “We would love for it to be a very quick investigation. We also want it to be a thorough investigation, which is one of the reasons we are open to letting anyone look at it.”
The family is having a private autopsy done on Rodriguez.
The family’s attorney has not decided if they will allow us to have access to the autopsy results.
As for the video which Nair Rodriguez has on her phone and was obtained by police from the Warren Theater, it is against state law for the OSBI to release those videos.