MODESTO — Stanislaus County officials are investigating an in-custody death after a man was detained by deputies and fell unconscious.
Tuesday around 6:45 p.m., the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department reports a man who was “going crazy” and “breaking everything” got into a fight with his father on Imperial Avenue near Frazier Street in Modesto.
The sheriff’s department identified the man as 36-year-old Rudy Santillan from Modesto.
Several callers told 911 operators the altercation moved outside, where around 30 gang members, including at least one person armed with a handgun, started getting involved, according to the sheriff’s department.
Sheriff’s officials say deputies later found Santillan in a vacant lot. He was apparently in an “altered state” and began resisting deputies when they tried to take him into custody.
Tasers and a K-9 were used against Santillan before the sheriff’s department says he became unconscious and began “having a medical emergency.”
Deputies performed life-saving measures on Santillan and he was taken to Doctors Medical Center, where he died Wednesday morning.
The sheriff’s department will provide more information on the in-custody death Thursday and may release body camera footage from the incident. Those with information about the incident have been asked to call Detective Fisher at 209-525-7083.