Stanislaus County Officials Investigate In-Custody Death Involving Man Found in ‘Altered State’

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MODESTO — Stanislaus County officials are investigating an in-custody death after a man was detained by deputies and fell unconscious.

Rudy Santillan, 36 (Credit: Modesto Police Department)

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.


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