Man dies in police custody
DALLAS – The Dallas Police Department has released a narrative detailing the death of a man who was in police custody on Tuesday.
According to a news release, Rita Moreno drove to the Circle K at 5527 E. RL Thornton Freeway and told an off-duty officer there that she needed help for her son, who was on drugs.
Officer Albert Sanchez walked with Moreno to her car. Her son, Marshall Moreno, 43, was inside. The police account said he got out of the car and muttered that Sanchez “was out to get him.” He then ran across Winslow Avenue, which runs parallel to the store.
Sanchez asked for help from on-duty officers and followed Moreno, who was headed toward Interstate 30.
“Fearing Mr. Moreno would run onto the freeway, Officer Sanchez tackled Mr. Moreno and a struggle ensued,” the police statement said.
A witness saw the struggle and stopped to help. He left when a police backup arrived. The officers ordered Moreno to stay calm and give them his hands, police said. He refused, and the struggle continued.
Sanchez pulled his pepper spray from the belt. As he was about to use it, Moreno grabbed the can, according to the police statement. The officer was able to wrestle it back from him and used it.
“Officer Sanchez also applied several knee strikes to Mr. Moreno in an attempt to gain control and get him handcuffed,” police said.
Two more police officers showed up and finally handcuffed Moreno, whose ankles were also restrained because he was kicking the responding officers.
Once the struggle was over and Moreno was in handcuffs, officers noticed that his breathing was labored, the police statement said. Dallas Fire Rescue was called and took Moreno to Baylor Unviersity Medical Center, where he died.
The cause of death is pending an autopsy. No other information was released Wednesday.