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Man who died while being taken into custody by Davis police was from Sacramento

A man who died while being taken into custody by Davis police Thursday has been identified by the Yolo County Coroner’s Office as 54-year-old David Elwood Shurtz Jr. of Sacramento.

Gina Moya, chief deputy coroner, said the cause of death has not been determined.

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

After efforts to de-escalate the situation and establish reasonable communication with the man failed, officers broke through the door, 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 him 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, Shurtz died, police said.

No one else was in the hotel room.

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

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