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Man dies in Davis while being taken into police custody

Davis police reported that a man, who had holed up in a motel room, died while officers were taking him into custody early Thursday.

Officers were dispatched about 2:30 a.m. to the La Quinta Inn on Research Park Drive in south Davis, where a man was reported screaming and yelling. When officers arrived, they heard the man yelling that he needed help and the sounds of items breaking inside his room. The man also made statements that led officers to believe that gun and another person might be in the room, according to a Police Department news release.

Police said several of the officers had been trained in crisis intervention and negotiations, but their attempts to de-escalate the situation and establish reasonable communication with the man failed.

Officers broke in through the hotel room door after the man refused to let them inside. Police said a confrontation ensued, with the man violently resisting officers’ efforts to take him into custody. Officials said it took six officers to bring the man under control.

Shortly after the man was restrained, he stopped breathing. Medical personnel already were on scene and although they quickly performed life-saving measures, police said, the man died.

No one else was in the hotel room.

Police said the 54-year-old man was not from Davis. His name has not been released pending notification of family.

Four officers suffered minor injuries in the struggle. Police said one officer was treated and released as Sutter Davis Hospital.

In keeping with standard protocol, police said, the incident is being investigated by the Davis and Woodland police departments, the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office and the Yolo County Coroner.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy