Man Dies After Being Tased by Woodland Police

WOODLAND — A man died after being tased by officers on Wednesday, the Woodland Police Department said.

Just after noon on Wednesday, officers headed to Matmor Road after receiving reports of a man wearing a trench coat over a towel, walking around an apartment complex, exposing himself to people and carrying a pair of scissors and a chef’s knife, police said. Witnesses said the man was cursing at people.

Officers arrived and began searching for the man. Another witness reported seeing the man on Coolidge Place with a large knife in his pocket and a golf club, police said. He was reportedly trying to break into cars.

Officers found the man still holding the golf club on Garfield Place, police said. Officers said the man was acting erratically and swinging the golf club around.

Officers said they asked the man to put down the golf club and tried to negotiate with him.

The man charged at officers and one officer was injured, police said. Officers tased the man to try to gain control of him.

The man was handcuffed and soon after officers noticed the man wasn’t breathing, police said. They began CPR and called for medical assistance. The man was taken to Woodland Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The man’s identity has not yet been released. However, the family of the man reached out to FOX40 and released the following statement:

“Today my brother was murdered by Woodland PD. They would not let the family, even his mother, identify the body. Cops went into his residence unlawfully without a search warrant. Officer Gutherie confirmed with me in person that my brother was unarmed and the interaction involved a lot of police, against my unarmed brother. I was also told it was a foot chase and moments later there was a press release stating he was armed and running at police with a golf club. We want the truth.” 

The Yolo County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation.