MOORE, Okla. – The medical examiner’s office has released its findings on the death of a man, who died in police custody outside the Warren Theatre.
On Feb. 15, off-duty officers stepped in during a “domestic disturbance” in the parking lot.
When the officers confronted the Rodriguez family about the complaint, authorities say Luis Rodriguez would not cooperate.
After a brief struggle, Rodriguez was rushed to the hospital.
He later died and an investigation began into his death.
On Wednesday, the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Rodriguez died as a “result of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint in the setting of cardiomegaly with left ventricular hypertrophy.”
The report went on to say there is evidence of a physical struggle.
However, it adds “the noted injuries and associated hemorrhages are not sufficient by themselves to cause the decedent’s death.”
The medical examiner has ruled Rodriguez’s death a homicide, “in alignment with death certification guidelines by the National Association of Medical Examiners.”
Officials say homicide is a medical term and does not denote wrong doing or criminal intent.
Michael Brooks-Jimenez, the family’s attorney, said, “We were confident all along that this was a homicide. We are relieved that the medical examiner has confirmed this. We are researching the medical terminology and will have additional statements after our review, likely early next week. Please allow the family the opportunity to accept this news in peace.”
The officers involved remain on paid administrative leave.