Death Outside Theater Ruled A Homicide

Apr 2, 2014

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has classified the death of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater as a homicide.

Credit City Of Moore

But Amy Elliott with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday the injuries 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez suffered in February outside a Moore theater were not sufficient by themselves to cause his death.

Elliott says Rodriguez died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.

Police say Rodriguez became uncooperative when officers questioned him about a possible domestic disturbance. A cellphone video shows police handcuffing Rodriguez as he lies on his stomach. He's later placed on a stretcher.

Three Moore police officers were placed on administrative leave following the incident. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is investigating.


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