Rancho Cucamonga Man Dies in Custody After Allegedly Assaulting Deputy

Rancho Cucamonga Man Dies in Custody After Allegedly Assaulting Deputy

The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating the death of a Rancho Cucamonga man who died while in custody after allegedly assaulting a deputy. The incident occurred in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the 10100 block of Foothill Boulevard.

Deputies were dispatched to the location following reports of a man attempting to gain access to vehicles and apartment doors. Upon arrival, they discovered Mohd Hijaz, a 32-year-old male, sitting in a bush and screaming incoherent words. Deputies immediately called for paramedics while maintaining a safe distance from Hijaz.

However, the situation escalated when Hijaz began moving towards the deputies, ignoring their warnings to stop. In an attempt to restrain him, deputies used force, during which Hijaz allegedly struck one of the officers in the face. It remains unclear whether Hijaz suffered a medical emergency before or after being restrained.

Emergency medical personnel from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department and American Medical Response were summoned to the scene. Hijaz was subsequently transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead. The exact cause of death is yet to be determined, pending the results of an autopsy conducted by the coroner’s office.

The Sheriff’s Department has refrained from providing further details regarding the ongoing investigation. Authorities have not disclosed whether Hijaz was suspected of committing a crime prior to the alleged assault on the deputy. Additionally, it remains unknown how many deputies were present at the scene or whether the use of force employed to restrain Hijaz is under scrutiny.

Author: CrimeDoor

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