Fort Worth man dies in tussle with security officers
Fort Worth Texas April 12th, 2023
For the second time in two weeks, a man who fought with security officers has died.
It happened at 12:52 p.m. Tuesday at the 4200 block of South Freeway at the La Gran Plaza.
A man, who has not been identified by police, entered the location, acting erratically.
Security officers responded and attempted to detain the man, who at this time, was causing a disturbance.
During the incident, police said that a security officer was assaulted while trying to take the man into custody.
At this time, an off-duty Fort Worth police officer came to the assistance of security personnel and he was eventually handcuffed.
On-duty Fort Worth police officers also were called to the scene.
While the man was in handcuffs, police say he was showing signs of medical distress. Police removed the handcuffs, fearing he was experiencing a medical emergency.
The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment but later died.
Police said that this investigation is ongoing.
On April 3rd in Kent Washington, security personnel Tased a person suspected of shoplifting at a Home Depot store and then went hands on with the person to detain him.
Kent police officers were dispatched to the Home Depot Store on the East Hill of Kent in regards to a security officer who was fighting with the robbery suspect.
Two Kent Police Officers arrived about 3 minutes after the call was dispatched. Upon arrival, they observed a lone security officer on the ground with the suspect.
The security officer was attempting to place the suspect’s hands into handcuffs.
The Officers assisted with handcuffing, then placed the suspect, a 38-year-old Renton man, in an upright seated recovery position and that’s when the man was observed beginning to turn pale, so they immediately called for medical aid. They also located evidence that the suspect might have consumed narcotics and was exhibiting signs of a drug overdose. They administered Narcan and continued to monitor the male. At one point the male’s pulse stopped, and they immediately began CPR and lifesaving efforts.
The man later died at the hospital.
Although Kent Officers did not use force on the deceased male, Police Chief Rafael Padilla requested that the Valley Independent Investigation Team (VIIT) be called in to conduct the death investigation. VIIT investigators did respond to the scene and are conducting the investigation.
At this time, it does not appear that in either incident that unreasonable or excessive force was used, however investigations in both deaths have not been finalized.